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42-97260

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Kearney 4/3/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Q] Molesworth 26/3/44; Missing in Action Saarbrucken (8m) 11/5/44 with Capt John Long, Co-pilot: Wilbur Gee, Bombardier: Joe Fahlbusch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Wilson, Radio Operator: Oscar Villasenor, Ball turret gunner: Frank Logan, Waist gunner: Albt Ledley, Waist gunner: Mace Henson (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Henry Przybyszewski,Tail gunner: Tony Orlando, obs-Capt Bob Livingston (3 Prisoner of War); flak KOd #1, further shells took out #3, aircraft then exploded at Neuhaus, near Fischbach, four miles N of Saarbrucken, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4868. BOW-UR-NECK STEVES.

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

  • Joseph Fahlbusch

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4297260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Wilbur Gee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4297260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Mace Henson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868 Awards: PH.

  • Albert Ledley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4557 Awards: PH.

  • Robert Livingston

    Military | Captain | Observer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4297260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Logan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868 Awards: PH.

  • John Long

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9 x RTD. 10-Dec-43. Failed to Return (FTR) 11-May-44 in B...

  • Anthony Orlando

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Przybyszewski

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4297260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Oscar Villasenor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4297260 'Bow-Er-Neck-Stevens. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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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 11 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4868 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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