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Charles R Patten


On his 6th mission, he flew as waist gunner on Lt. William H. Marcotte crew on the 13 June 1943 Bremen mission. According to Russell Strong: 'Patten had visions of being a flyer himself; he thought that by completing twenty-five missions in any capacity he could be homeward bound and then get into pilot training'. He was a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7A.
Patten was afterwards owner of the Colfax Envelope Co supplying the Group at no charge. His son took over the business.



  • William Marcotte

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #425218 'Skywolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW Before entering USAAF Marcotte had completed pilot training with the RCAF.

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5218 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/10/42; Salina 25/1/43; Morrison 14/2/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-J] 15/4/43; Missing in Action Bremen 13/6/43 with Bill Marcotte, Navigator: Joe Carvalho, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Dostie, Radio Operator: Mason Houchens,...


  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • 364

    23 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Stalag VII-A

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Event Location Date
Born Illinois
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 June 1943

POW Camp:
Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)

Died 7 April 1997


Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 10:52:54 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes Oct 2002

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09 January 2021 21:27:00 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

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09 January 2021 21:21:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added some punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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08 August 2019 14:56:34 Dr Daniel Changes to mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:05:56 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, NARA, First Over Germany pg. 123, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia