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41-24577

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training Detachment) before completing 48 missions without an abort or any crewman injured. Returned to the USA at Newark, New Jersey on 10 February 1944 for War Bond tour. 41-24577 was the first aircraft to complete 25 missions in the UK, earlier than the much more publicized "Memphis Belle" reached the same status. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Searcey Field, Stillwater, Oklahoma on 7 August 1945. "HELL'S ANGELS".

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

  • Irl Baldwin

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Completed 25 combat missions on 14 May 1943.

  • Donald Bone

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Completed his combat tour on 15-May-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Buinicky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Alfred Buinicky was a bench worker in a machine shop in Claremont, New Hampshire when he enlisted in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot down 31 August 1943 in...

  • Martin Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • James Comer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    S/Sgt James Comer Jr was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 "Augerhead" # 42-29635 of 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield. Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470.

  • Harold Fulgham

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    CPT Harold Fulgham was assigned to 303rd Bomb Group on 13-Sep-42 at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan as a Navigator. He was assigned to B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels", 303BG/358BS on 16-Oct-1942 at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan as the...

  • Walter Gasser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29635 'Augerhead'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harold Godwin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed his combat tour on 15-May-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • George Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 "Leaping Liz" while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborts. (See Biography events) ...

  • Walter Hargrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 August 1943 in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead. ' Evaded.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 00:55:34 spencer.mads Changes to person associations
Sources

303rd BG mission reports and family journals.

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 14:41:37 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 16:17:08 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2015 22:18:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Dec-2015. Corrected arrival date at Molesworth per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 14:18:16 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story
Correction : Irl Baldwin instead of Ira

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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