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42-102680

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Gt Falls 23/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 2/6/44; Missing in Action Cologne 15/8/44 with John Cathey, Co-pilot: Chad Stephens, Navigator: Chas Jackson, Bombardier: Dick Blomberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Reichling, Waist gunner: Nick Raspa (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: LaMar Whittier, Ball turret gunner: Bert Nelson (2 evaded capture);Tail gunner: Arie Moerman (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crew bailed, ship crashed Rommersheim, near Wittlich, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8437.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Cathey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Rommersheim on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102680 POW

  • Charles Jackson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Rommersheim on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102680

  • Richard Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Arie Moerman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Rommersheim in B-17 #42102680

  • Bert Nelson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Rommersheim on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102680

  • Nicholas Raspa

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Rommersheim on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102680

  • Howard Reichling

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Chad Stephens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Rommersheim on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102680 POW

  • La Mar Whittier

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 15 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8437 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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