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41-24582

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump', assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Despatched 12-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but weather prevented bombing of that target and the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville were attacked as a target of last resort. The aircraft went into a spin (possibly as a result of prop wash)on the way to the target and crashed near Fontainebleau, France. 2KIA 5POW 3EVD MACR 16031. This was the first aircraft loss for 358BS. The aircraft participated in 3 Operations

23-Nov-42 Mission #1 U-Boat pens, St. Nazaire, France (see Biography)
6-Dec-42 Mission #2 Carriage & Wagon Works, Lille, France (see Biography)
12-Dec-42 Mission #3 LAST OPERATION Railroad Marshalling Yards, Rouen, France (see Biography)

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

  • Leon Brownlee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump' while serving as Navigator 12-Dec-1942. Prisoner of War (POW). Flew 2 Operations (see Biography events).

  • Billie Davis

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Unable to make a successful exit B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump' on 12-Dec-1942 while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Devine

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump' on 12-Dec-1942 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). FLew 2 Operations (see Biography events).

  • Clifton Fincher

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 23-Jan-43 in B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" while serving as Ball Turret Gunner the aircraft was shot down by fighters and came down between Brest, France and the coast. He parachuted to safety and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • William Frost

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump' 12-Dec-42 while serving as Pilot and was captured (POW). Aircraft went into a flat spin and crashed near Fontainebleau, France. All of the crew except the Right Waist Gunner and the Ball Turret Gunner were...

  • Kenneth Hildebrand

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Baled out 12-Dec-1942 from B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Evaded. Flew 2 Operations (see Biography events)

  • Charles Hoffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Navigator. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 5 Operations ...

  • Don Lusk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Bombardier. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 5 Operations...

  • Robert Mays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft went into a flat spin near Fontainebleau, France and crashed. He evaded capture. Flew 2 Opertions (see Biography events).

  • Joe Phillips

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft went into a flat spin 48 minutes after crossing the French coast and crashed near Fontainebleau. Prisoner of War (POW). Flew 2 Operations (see Biography events)

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Missions

  • 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...

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 41-24582, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

CREW

P CPT Frost William W. (RTD); CP 2LT Robert L. Mays (RTD)
N 1LT Joe R. Phillips (RTD); B 1LT Leon W. Brownlee (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Kenneth B. Hildebrand (RTD); RO SGT Joseph E. Powers (RTD)
BTG SGT Floyd J. Shaw (RTD); LWG SGT William S. Devine (RTD)
RWG SGT Edward L. Demuth (RTD); TG SGT James R. Toney, Jr. (RTD)

Mission #2 41-24582, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

CREW

P 1LT George J. Oxrider (RTD); CP 1LT Donald W. Hurlbert (RTD)
N 1LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 1LT Don W. Lusk, Jr. (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Zeimer (RTD): RO SSGT James K. Sadler (RTD)
BTG TSGT Everett A. Dasher (RTD); LWG Samuel P. Maxwell RTD)
RWG Clifton R. Fincher (RTD): TG SGT Theodore C. Heaps (RTD)

Failed to Return (FTR) Fontainebleau, France 12 December 1942

Original target was at Romilly-sur-Seine but weather prevented bombing of that target, so mission diverted to the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France.

Mission #3 41-24582, 303BG/358BS FTR Rouen, France 12 December 1942

CREW

P CPT William A. Frost (POW); CP 2LT Robert L. Mayes (EVD)
N 1LT Joe R. Phillips (POW); B 1LT Leon W. Brownlee (POW)
E/TTG TSGT Kenneth G. Hildebrand (EVD); RO SGT Joseph E Powers (POW)
BTG SSGTFloyd J. Shaw (KIA); LWG SGT William S. Devine (POW)
RWG SGT Billie K. Davis (KIA); TG SGT James R. Toney, Jr. (EVD)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 21:59:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-43, Added FTR to title on Misson#3 event

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 21:57:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015. Re-formatted Missions and Crew display.

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 21:46:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 to Description per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 21:41:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 to Description and 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
06 August 2015 21:13:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-3015. Added Mission#1 to Description and Mission #1Event crew details per 303BG Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 21:02:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-DEc-2014. Description edited and FTR based on "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 16031.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 21:19:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Edit crew list.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 21:17:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report 16031

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16031 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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