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42-97058

B-17 Flying Fortress

1st B-17G-40-BO

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44;

Gr Island 11/2/44;

Presque Is 27/2/44;

Assigned: 27 March 1944 - 8th AF / 1st AD / 41st CBW / 303rd BG / 359BS - (RAF Molesworth)

Missing in Action: 21 January 1945 (Mid-air collision)

Rottweil, Germany

9 KIA, 1 POW (MACR 11760)

Dick Tasker, Angelito Francis, Clyde Meadows, John McDonnell, Bill Toon, Bruce Hinnershots, Paul Kapczinski, Chas Van Ornum, Carl Hurlbutt (9 Killed in Action); Art Driver (Prisoner of War).

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Aircraft

  • 44-8137

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 18/6/44; Langley 23/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Z] Molesworth 26/8/44; Missing in Action Aschaffenburg 21/1/45 with Dick Duffield, Dick Cambron, Gene Shipp, Tom Wilson, Ray Levine, Don Christ, Phil Hensel, John...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 41st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Cole

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions. ...

  • Arthur Driver

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Rottweil mission; only survivor of mid air collision from B-17 'Scorchy II' 42-97058 21-Jan-45. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 11759 ...

  • Angelito Francis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; crashed near Rottweil in B-17 42-97058 'Scorchy II' Killed in Action (KIA) 21-Jan-45 MACR 11760 Awards: PH.

  • Bruce Hinnershots

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Stand-in for the crews regular radio operator. Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; crashed near Rottweil in B-17 42-97058 'Scorchy II' Killed in Action (KIA) 21-Jan-45 MACR 11760 Awards: PH.

  • Paul Hogan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Hurlbutt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | MOS 538 - Voice Interpreter (Designated Language) | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron and placed on Detached Service to 359 Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; crashed near Rottweil in B-17 42-97058 'Scorchy II' Killed in Action (KIA) 21...

  • Paul Kapczynski

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Stand-in for the crews regular ball turret gunner. Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; crashed near Rottweil in B-17 42-97058 'Scorchy II' Killed in Action (KIA) 21-Jan-45 MACR 11760 Awards: PH.

  • John McDonnell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; crashed near Rottweil in B-17 42-97058 'Scorchy II' Killed in Action (KIA) 21-Jan-45 MACR 11760 Awards: PH.

  • Clyde Meadows

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; crashed near Rottweil in B-17 42-97058 'Scorchy II' Killed in Action (KIA) 21-Jan-45 MACR 11760 Awards: PH.

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Missions

  • 803

    21 January 1945

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 24 January 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 24-Jan-44.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 27 March 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Rottweil, Germany 21 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Rottweil, Germany; Mid air collision 1 x POW, 9 x KIA 21-Jan-45 MACR 11760

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2019 21:48:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46705309?terms=42-97058

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:23:57 terveurn Changes to markings
Sources

from 8th AF information

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:21:54 terveurn Changes to events
Sources

MACR datra

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:20:23 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

basic details

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:19:37 terveurn Changes to unit associations
Sources

basic 8th AF details

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:17:05 terveurn Changes to markings
Sources

basic data

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:15:10 terveurn Changes to description and events
Sources

from B-17 / Osborne

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:10:28 terveurn Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

from Project Bits and Pieces

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11760 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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