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42-97187

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; to Prestwick, UK, slated 447BG, Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 26/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Bill Miller, Co-pilot: John Hill, Waist gunner: Tony Zelnio(wia) (3 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Arthur Conn, Bombardier: Teddy Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo Waldron, Radio Operator: Frank Posada, Ball turret gunner: Warren Ball,Tail gunner: Calvin Turkington (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, crashed Wittmar, SE of Wolfenbuttel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9410. MISS UMBRIAGO.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Ball

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Witmar in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' #4297187

  • Arthur Conn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Witmar in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' 42-97187. Killed in Action (Murdered). See more at :http://www.303rdbg.com/news/2011-09-18.html

  • John Hill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Witmar on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' #4297187

  • William Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Witmar on 9/28/44 in B-17 Miss Umbriago #4297187

  • Frank Posada

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Witmar in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' #4297187

  • Gerald Shulan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Osnabruck in B-17 #446124 on 9/26/44

  • Teddy Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Witmar in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' #4297187

  • Calvin Turkington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    alvin G. Turkington was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1914. His parents were David G. and Vernetta Z. Turkington. The Us Census 1930 shows the family in Chadron, Nebraska while the US Census 1940 has them living in Chicago. Turkington's next of kin is...

  • Leo Waldron

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Witmar in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' #42-97187, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Anthony Zelnio

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Witmar in B-17 'Miss Umbriago' #42- 97187 on 9/28/44, Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • 652

    28 September 1944

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 28 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 11:04:25 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

Updated details from http://www.303rdbg.com/aircraft-alp.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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