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41-24517

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42

Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the Atlantic while on approach to target of St. Nazaire, France. 10KIA, MACR 6141. Participated in 6 Operations (3 were Aborted) See Biography events for crew infomation.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Dante Barron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    24-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 303BG records do not record the exact date that he arrived in the UK, but probably in Oct-42. 303BG records do not indicate that he had a permanent...

  • Merel Bradley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as the Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK with the crew of 41-24619 aboard B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS on 28-Oct-43. B-17F 41-24619 was...

  • Benjamin Burma

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-1942 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. It appears from available records that he was re-assigned to B-17F 42-2966 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on or about 5-Oct...

  • William Goetz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 24-Oct-42 arrived with crew and B-17F 41-24517 at Molesworth, UK. ...

  • Vernon Koch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 24-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Kali". Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

  • Robert Madrid

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 24-Oct-42 arrived on B-17F 41-24517 at Molesworth, UK. ...

  • Martin McDonald

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Original assigment to the 303BG has not yet been determined. A search of 303BG records was not successful in determining whether or not he was ever assigned to a regular crew in the 303BG. It could not be determined when he arrived at Moleworth but it...

  • Roger Milford

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Date of arrival at Molesworth, UK could not be definitely determined appoximately 22-Oct-42. He flew as a substitute Aerial Gunner on several 303BG/427BS...

  • Roy Moser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-1942 Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. It appears from available records that he and his crew were re-assigned to B-17F 42-2966 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on...

  • Harry Robey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-1942 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. It appears from available records that he and his crew were re-assigned to B-17F 42-2966 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on or...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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
Assigned with Crew Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 1 May 1942

Original Crew B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS

P 1LT William H. Goetz; CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid; B 2LT Robert W. Smith
E/TTG TSGT James F. Shelly; RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters
BTG SGT Walter E. Runge; WG SGT Charles R. Storer
WG SGT Vernon E. Koch; TG SGT Not assigned.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 24 October 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS

P 1LT William H. Goetz; CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid; B 2LT Robert W. Smith
E/TTG TSGT James F. Shelly; RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters
BTG SGT Walter E. Runge; LWG SGT Charles R. Storer
RWG SGT Vernon E. Koch; TG SGT Walter E. Runge

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS

P 1LT William H. Goetz (RTB); CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott (RTB)
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid (RTB); B 2LT Robert W. Smith (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT James F. Shelly (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters (RTB)
BTG SGT Edward T. Levering (RTB); LWG SGT Charles R. Storer (RTB)
RWG Not carried; TG SGT Walter E. Runge (RTB)

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS. Temporary crew assignment

P 1LT Harry A. Robey, Jr. (RTB); CP 2LT Benjamin H. Burma (RTB)
N 2LT Charles S. Grice (RTB); B 2LT Roy R. Moser (RTB)
E/TTG SSGT Francis Sulcofski (RTB); RO SSGT Sebastian L. Vogel (RTB)
BTG SGT Edward T. Levering (RTB); LWG SGT Charles R. Storer (RTB)
RWG SGT Merel D. Bradley; TG SGT Donald H. Rutt (RTB)

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT William H. Goetz (RTB); CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott (RTB)
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid (RTB); B 2LT Robert W. Smith (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT James F. Shelly (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters (RTB)
BTG SGT Charles R. Storer (RTB); LWG SGT Vernon E. Koch (RTB)
RWG SGT Dante G. Barron(RTB); TG SGT Walter E. Runge (RTB)

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS

P 1LT William H. Goetz (RTB); CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott (RTB)
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid (RTB); B 2LT Robert W. Smith (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT James F. Shelly (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters (RTB)
BTG SGT Walter E. Runge (RTB); LWG SGT Roger W. Milford (RTB)
RWG SGT Edward T. Levering (RTB); TG SGT Charles R. Storer (RTB)

Mission #5, B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS

P 1LT William H. Goetz (RTB); CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott (RTB)
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid (RTB); B 2LT Robert W. Smith (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT SSGT Edmond L. Smock (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters (RTB)
BTG SGT Walter E. Runge (RTB); LWG SGT Charles R. Storer (RTB)
RWG SGT Roger W. Milford (RTB); TG SGT Vernon E. Koch (RTB)

Mission #6, B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - FTR Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS

P 1LT William H. Goetz (KIA); CP: MAJ Charles C. Sheridan (KIA)
N 2LT Robert L. Madrid (KIA); B 2LT Robert W. Smith (KIA)
E/TTG TSGT James F. Shelly (KIA); RO TSGT Joseph H. Walters (KIA)
BTG SGT Walter E. Runge (KIA); LWG SGT Martin F. McDonald (KIA)
RWG SGT Donald H. Rutt (KIA); TG SGT Merle D. Bradley (KIA)

Failed to Return (FTR) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1944

Shot down by enemy aircraft and exploded and crashed into the Atlantic during approaceh to St. Nazaire, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 18:01:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Addedd Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:55:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Addedd Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:38:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Addedd Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:30:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Addedd Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:19:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event, per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42 http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:10:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, crw page of William H. Goetz: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:03:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Assigned with Crew event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, crw page of William H. Goetz: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 00:00:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Dec-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission REport of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2015 23:52:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Dec-2015. Added assignment with original crew, mission participation statement to Summary Biography; made connections to all mission participations based on my research of 303BG Mission Reports, 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/ and William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2015 21:40:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham8-Jan-2015. added TN and nickname to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2015 21:08:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Jan-2015. Added nickname and markings per "The Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A.Hey MBE; Changed dates in description to military style signification; Added place and mission conenctions within existing website data; added crew position, rank, full proper names and dispositions per MACR 6141; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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