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42-2967

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42.

Missing in Action 16-Feb-42 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed into the sea off the Brest Peninsula. 10KIA MACR 15116.

Participated in 5 Operations - No Aborts. See Biography events for crew information.

17-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
18-Nov-42 Mission #2 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
3-Jan-43 Mission #3 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
23-Jan-43 Mission #4 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France
16-Feb-43 Mission #5 LAST OPERATION - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France

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

  • Homer Allen

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Jul-42 Assigned as Navigator on B-17F 42-2967 [PU-G] "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Shak Hak" ...

  • William Breed

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Jul-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 42-2967 [PU-G] "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 24-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot of "Shak Hak". ...

  • 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...

  • Earle Dumont

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24580 [VK-C] "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Hellcat Agnes" ...

  • Samuel Easter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 [PU G] "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexicio. 1`6-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Shak HaK". ...

  • Milton Fonorow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo, New Mexico. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. Mission participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events

  • 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. ...

  • Michael Halpin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 303BG records do not indicate that he was assigend to a particular crew at that time and they do not indicte when he arrived at Molesworht, UK ...

  • Joseph Herbert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Jul-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F 42-2867 [PU-G] "Shak Hak:, 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molwsworth, UK aboard "Shak Hak". ...

  • Michael Hlastala

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner; Observer | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top 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. ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

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
Mission #1, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS

P CPT William H Breed (RTB); CP 2LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT Homer R. Allen (RTB); B 2LT Homer N. Santerre (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTB)
BTG SSGT Alan McGee (RTB); LWG SSGT Samuel D. Easter (RTB)
RWG SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTB); TG SSGT James L. Lentz (RTB)

Mission #2, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS

P CPT William H. Breed (RTB); CP 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTB)
N 2LT Homer R. Allen (RTB); B 2LT Homer N. Santerre (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTB)
BTG SSGT Alan McGee (RTB); LWG SSGT Samuel D. Easter (RTB)
RWG SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTB); TG SSGT James L. Lentz (RTB)

Mission #3, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS

P CPT William H. Breed (RTB); CP 2LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT Homer R. Allen (RTB); B 2LT Earl J. DuMont, Jr., (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTB)
BTG SSGT Mathias A. Kuffel (RTB); LWG SGT Roy C. Loken (RTB)
RWG SSGT Billie J. Staner (RTB); TG SSGT James H. Lentz (RTB)

Mission #4, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS

P CPT Jacob W. Fredericks (RTB); CP 2LT Arthur C. Way (RTB)
N 1LT Milton S. Fonorow (RTB); B 2LT Otis A. Hoyt (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Michael S Hlastala (RTB); RO SSGT Richard J. Smith
BTG SSGT Howard H. Nardine (RTB); LWG SGT Harvie L. Collins (RTB)
RWG SGT Henry G. Schneiderman (RTB); TG SSGT Glibert A. Murray, Jr.(RTB)

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 16 February 1943

Shot down by fighters and ditched into the English Channel near the Brest Peninsula.

Mission #5, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS

P CPT William H. Breed (KIA); CP 2LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (KIA)
N 2LT Homer R. Allen (KIA); B 2LT Homer N. Santerre (KIA)
E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (KIA); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (KIA)
BTG SSGT Mathias A. Kuffel (KIA); LWG SSGT Roy C. Loken (KIA)
RWG SGT Michael J. Halpin (KIA); TG SSGT James H. Lentz (KIA)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 21:40:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 21:31:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 21:23:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 21:14:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Hisstorian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 21:06:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 20:59:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission Participations list to Description per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 18:31:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Added nickname and FTR event description per 303rd BG Mission Report of 16-Feb-43 http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf and MACR 15116 ; Added markings per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Edited Description added Aircraft and nickname, converted dates to military-style signification, added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per 303rd Bomb Group Mission Report of 16-Feb-43; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15116 / MACR 4697 & 3302 A / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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