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43-37838

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Hunter 6/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 27/6/44; Missing in Action Weisbaden 15/8/44 with Capt Arnold Litman, Co-pilot: Larry Stein, Navigator: Wayne Krouskup, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Card, Radio Operator: Fred Meyer, Ball turret gunner: Bill Trunsdell(was caught on ground but escaped from military prison in Laon soon after), Waist gunner: Manely Grissom,Tail gunner: Clarry Williams (8 evaded capture); Bombardier: Larry Wolf (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crash landed Beine-Nauroy, E of Reims, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 8440. FEARLESS FOSDICK.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Bishop

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Brodzinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Card

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 15-Aug-44 in B-17 43-37838 'Fearless Fosdick'; Crashed near Beane, Evaded (EVD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Werner Goering

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Capt Werner G. Goering (P) - Was the nephew of Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering Commander in Chief of the Nazi German Luftwaffe. Capt Goering completed 48 credited combat missions on 28 Jan 1945 (Mission 308) and was promoted to Captain while a Lead...

  • Manley Grissom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 15-Aug-44 in B-17 43-37838 'Fearless Fosdick'; Crashed near Beane, Evaded (EVD). MACR 8440 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Orall Gustafson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clarence Houseman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wayne Krouskup

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 15-Aug-44 in B-17 43-37838 'Fearless Fosdick' ; Crashed near Beane, Evaded (EVD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William La Perch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arnold Litman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 15-Aug-44 in B-17 43-37838 'Fearless Fosdick' ; Crashed near Beane, Evaded (EVD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 27 May 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AFF 27-May-44.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 27 June 1944

Assigned 358BS/303BG

Crashed Beine-Nauroy, France 15 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Weisbaden 15-Aug-44; enemy aircraft, crash landed Beine-Nauroy, E of Reims, France; 8 x EVD, 1 KIA MACR 8440

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2019 16:46:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28662878

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 21:52:27 JasonR Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

http://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/other-interesting-records/who-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8440 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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