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41-24567

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events)

23-Jan-43 - Mission in Action on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft was struck by a bomb dropped from above and crashed in the woods at Bois de Queronic near Pluvinger, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15571.

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" ...

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission tour...

  • 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". ...

  • Richard Callaway

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Available 303BG indicate that MAJ Callaway was a Senior Pilot and was assigned to an aircraft and with crew on 26-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, as a passenger aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS....

  • Roy Christianson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo, Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-41 Arrived ar Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me" ...

  • Albert Diffenbach

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    2-Aug-42 Assigned as a Bombardier on B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar" at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar" but there is no record that he flew any missions with that aircraft. 303BG Mission Report...

  • Jerry Dobbins

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me". ...

  • 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". ...

  • John Embach

    Military | Captain | Navigator, Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Asssigned as Navaigator of B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me." ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

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 #5 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 43

CREW

P 1LT Louis M. Sshulstad (RTD); CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD)
N 2LT John H. Embach (RTD): B 1LT Reinaldo Saiz (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Anotne Pacheco (RTD): RO SSGT CHarles L. Roth (RTD)
BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD): LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD)
RWG SGT Joseph S. Klasnick (RTD); TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Arrived at Station Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

CREW

P 1LT William H. Breed (RTD): CP 1LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (RTD)
N 1LT Homer R. Allen (RTD); B 1LT Homer N. Santerre (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTD): RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTD)
BTG SGT Roy C. Loken (RTD); LWG SSGT Samuel D. Easter(RTD)
RWG SSGT Mathias A. Kuffel (RTD); TG SSGT James H. Lentz (RTD)

Mission #2 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

CREW

P 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTD); CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD)
N 2LT John H. Embach (RTD): B 2LT Reinaldo Saiz (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD)
RO SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTD)
BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD); LWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD)
RWG SGT Jerry W. Robins (RTD); TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Mission #3 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

CREW

P MAJ Richard D. Callaway (RTD): CP 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTD)
N 1LT John H. Embach (RTD); B 1LT Reinaldo Saiz (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD): RO SSGT Charles L Roth (RTD)
BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD); LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD)
RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD): TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Mission #4 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

CREW

P 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTD): CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD)
N 2LT John H. Embach (RTD); B 2LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD); RO SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTD)
BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD): LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD)
RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD): TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Mission #6 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS 13 January 1943

CREW

P LTC Charles E. Marion (RTD): CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD)
N 1LT Samuel H. Anderson (RTD); CMN CPT Paul G. Moore (RTD)
B 1LT Albert W. Dieffenbach (RTD); E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD)
RO SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTD); BTG SGT Peter Soria
LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD); RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD)
TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Mission #7 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

CREW

P 1LT Joseph E. Haas (KIA); CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (KIA)
N 2LT John H. Embach (POW); B 2LT Ewel R. McCright (POW)
E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (KIA); RO SSGT Charles R. Roth (POW)
BTG SGT Peter Soria (KIA); LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (KIA)
RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (KIA); TG SGT Wayne O. Stevens (KIA)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 22:32:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of1 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 22:23:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 22:16:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 22:08:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 20-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:58:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:48:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:37:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #7 event crew details per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:33:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Operations participation per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, HIstorian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html. Added Arrived at Station per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Stroy", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 21:51:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added FTR event per MACR 15571.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 21:01:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added nickname and added target and loss details to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15571.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15571 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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