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42-107196

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 22/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Art Mehlhoff, Co-pilot: Edgar Nelson, Navigator: Gaylon Williams (wia, & died 10/10/44), Bombardier: Harry Newcomb, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Wagner, Radio Operator: Norman Thye, Ball turret gunner: Elwood Keeran, Waist gunner: Vernon Harris,Tail gunner: Ben Quackenbush (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Jachymov, Czech; Missing Air Crew Report 8825. TEMPTRESS.

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

  • Eddie Deerfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Credited with 30 missions. First on 10-Jul-43 to Poux, France. Last on 11-May-44 to Saarbrucken, Germany. Flew most often with Captain Robert Cogswell at controls of B-17 Flying Fortress 'Iza Vailable'. ...

  • Vernon Harms

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Jachymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42107196 POW

  • Elwood Keeran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Jachymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42107196 POW

  • Arthur Mehlhoff

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Jachymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42107196 POW

  • Edgar Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down and crashed near Jachymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42107196 POW

  • Harry Newcomb

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down near Jachymou on 9/12/45 in B-17 "Temptress" #42-107196, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Benjamin Quackenbush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Norman Thye

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Jackymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42107196 POW

  • Donald Wagner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down near Jachymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42-107196, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gaylon Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Jachymou on 9/12/44 in B-17 Temptress #42107196

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 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2020 23:46:18 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

44-8125 G- VE

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 11:31:47 A. van Erp Changes to media associations
Sources

www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8825 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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