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41-24416

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Howard Abney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    11 missions from July to August 1943. Severely wounded and unable to return to active duty as gunner. 1. 10 July 1943-Poix, France2. 14 July, 1943-Villacoublay, France3. 24 July 1943-Heroya, Norway4. 25 July 1943-Hamburg, Germany5. 26 July 1943-Hamburg...

  • John Arasin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358S, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hendry crew. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Loran Biddle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1032 Awards: PH.

  • Adam Champagne

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • John Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Hendry

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Olwin Humphries

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on B17 42-5360 'War Bride' 30-Jul-43. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Bernard McNamara

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Webster

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat mission. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 13

    2 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • 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 1942

Built at Boeing.

Assigned Bangor, UK 16 July 1942

Assigned to 326BS ,92BG, 8AF.

Battle damaged Meaulte, France 2 October 1942

Battle damaged on the 2-Oct-42 Meaulte mission. The tail gunner and radio operator were seriously wounded.

Assigned Horham, UK 1943

Transferred to 95BG, 8AF.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 17 June 1943

Transferred to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF.

Battle damaged Gilse-Rijen, Netherlands 19 August 1943

Battle damaged 20mm round to tail section exploded tailgun ammo wounding S/Sgt Howard L Abney.

Returned ZI Sheppard AAF, TX

Returned to the USA Sheppard AAF 5-Jul-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2018 18:05:55 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Mission 85: The U.S. Eighth Air Force's Battle over Holland, August 19, 1943 By Ivo De Jong
https://www.fold3.com/image/29024610?terms=41-24416

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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