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42-3029

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 13/1/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [VK-N] Homestead 5/3/43; Molesworth 9/4/43; 35m Missing in Action 14/1/44 with Capt Merle Hungerford, Co-pilot: Carl Arundale, Navigator: Joe Vogel, Bombardier: Jim Barlow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Finch, Radio Operator: Dick Davis, Ball turret gunner: Bob Clink, Waist gunner: Angelo Petix, Waist gunner: Jim Elovich,Tail gunner: Joe Fertilla, foto-Art Nilson (11 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed near Le Meillard, 15 miles E of Abbeville, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1965. WALLAROO.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Karl Arundale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Barlow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • Robert Clink

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. First mission on 4 April 1943 with John Farrar (#42-5260); 2nd one with Clemens Wurzbach (#41-24562);...

  • James Elovich

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Fertitta

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Had completed 3 missions. POW in Dulag Luft, Frankford. Moved to Stalag Luft VI near Heydekrug, Russia. Moved to Stalag Luft 13 at Gross ...

  • Charles Finch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3029 'Wallaroo. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Merle Hungerford

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and fighters and ditched in North Sea on mission to Bremen on 20 Dec 1943 in B-17 #42-29664 'Jersey Bounce Jr. '. RTD. ...

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 14 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 13:50:55 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1965 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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