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42-29570

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 5-Jan-43; Gt Falls 31-Jan-43; Denver 2-Feb-43; Salina 11-Feb-43; to Marrakesh, via ATC 14-Mar-43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 21-Mar-43; transferred BAD 1 Burtonwood 22-May-43; 532BS/381BG [VE-D] Ridgewell 7-Sep-43; 6+m Returned to the USA 26-Apr-44 via Cazes AB, Casablanca, Morrocco. 2-May-44, however pilot Lt Moore lost both left engines, aircraft ground looped and hit a parked PBY Catalina; Salvaged 5-May-44. BIG TIME OPERATOR II.

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...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron
  • 532nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harvie Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O],"Snap!, Crackle!" Pop!" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico but did not arrive at Molesworth with the rest of the crew. 303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Jacob Fredericks

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of Captain. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

  • Melvin Hecker

    Military | Major | Assistant Operations Officer | 381st Bomb Group
    Commercial pilot at age 18 in Chicago, IL. Enlisted January 5, 1942. Pinned wings at Ellington Field, TX Oct, 1942 (42-J). Original Pilot with 535th & 532nd Sqd, 381st BG, later Ops Officer with 701st Sqd, 445th BG, attended C&GSS late 1944, later...

  • Tom McGiffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    6-Dec-42 First mission as Tail Gunner of B-17 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. ...

  • Gilbert Murray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

  • Howard Nardine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | A/RAD | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

  • Eugene Romig

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 303rd Bomb Group
    13 Feb-42 Assigned as Operations Officer of 303 Bomb Group at Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon with the rank of Major. 15-Sep-42 appointed Commanding Office of 303BG/359th Bombardment Squadron. See Biography events. MISSION participation currently...

  • Henry Schneiderman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

  • Martin Semonick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper" at Gowen Field, Boise Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Thumper" ...

  • Richard Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

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...

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2017 03:40:09 Doc Hecker Changes to markings
Sources

Doc Hecker

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 23:17:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-43. Made connection to Mission of 31-Mar-43 per 303BG Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 23:13:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Block Number, Nickname and Codings; made connections to Units and Places, converted dates to USAAF military-style signification per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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