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42-29524

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 31/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Morrison 2/12/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-D] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Molesworth 30/7/43; 25m Missing in Action Oschersleben 26/1/44 with Jack Watson (RTD-alone), Navigator: John Leverton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Rowland, Waist gunner: Gene Stewart,Tail gunner: Roman Kosinski (4 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Vance Colvin, Radio Operator: Harry Romaine, Ball turret gunner: Fred Booth, Waist gunner: Bill Fussner (4KIA, all drowned in the Ijsselmeer), Co-pilot: Clayton David (evaded capture); hit by enemy aircraft over Durgerdam, crew bailed over Ijsselmeer, Hol. Pilot brought ship home to crash landed Metfield, Sfk, UK. Missing Air Crew Report 4269. MEAT HOUND.

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...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Fred Booth

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Vance Colvin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clayton David

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Evaded (EVD). Arrived back in the UK on 05/25/1944.

  • William Fussner

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roman Kosinski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Leverton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.

  • Marc Pitts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    in one month Marc flew six combat missions, his final mission he was killed when his aircraft took 3 direct hits from flak, which took out the control cables and put a hole in the tail. ...

  • Harry Romaniec

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Samuel Rowland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound', crew was ordered to bail out but pilot managed to fly damaged a/c back to England and landed at Metfield. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 112 LEAFLET DROP

    8 October 1943
    2 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop leaflets over the city of Rennes, France. 266,336 leaflets are dropped. There are no losses or claims.

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 18500 E 6th Ave, Aurora, CO 80011, USA 31 December 1942

Delivered Denver AAF 31-Dec-42.

Assigned Thurleigh, Bedford MK44, UK 2 March 1943

Assigned 423BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 30 July 1943

Transferred 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crash landing Metfield, Harleston IP20 0LH, UK 26 January 1944

Oschersleben 26-Jan-44 hit by enemy aircraft over Durgerdam, crew bailed over Ijsselmeer, Holland Pilot brought ship home to crash landed Metfield, Suffolk 1 x RTD, 1 x EVD, 4 x POW, 4 x KIA. MACR 4269.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2018 15:23:19 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28626997

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2018 15:22:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28626997

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 18:19:18 Mags Changes to place associations
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 18:17:41 Mags Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2015 03:33:19 Tanks Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM Photo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4269 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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