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41-24602

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24602 was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; On the 29-May-43 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and then attacked and shot down by fighters and crashed at Menior du Launay in the community of Pluebian,France. 2KIA 8POW No MACR issued.

P 1Lt Joseph E Trojan (POW); CP 1Lt Thomas A. Vaughn (KIA)
N 1Lt Parlew W. Madsen, Jr. (POW); B 1Lt Jack W. Stewart (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Paul H Prescott (KIA); RO SSgt Cecil E. Craft (POW)
BTG SSgt Joseph R. Sunderlin (POW); LWG SSgt Martin A. Semonick (POW)
RWG SSgt Frank W. Bartless (POW); TG SSgt Lincoln T. O’Connell (POW)

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

  • Arthur Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Frank Bartlett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    12-Feb-42 Assigned to 303BG as an Aerial Gunner at Arrived at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 Trained at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo New Mexico. 7-Aug-42 Finished Advanced training at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 24-Aug-42 transferred with Ground...

  • 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" ...

  • Cecil Craft

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oc-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Thumper" ...

  • George Dillard

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to B-17F 41-24602 [PU-A] "Yardbird", 303BG/360BS on 10-Oct-42 at Battle Creek, Michigan as a Ball Turret Gunner and arrived with that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42. He was attached to "Yardbird" for 2 operations (1 of which was...

  • 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". ...

  • 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." ...

  • Glen Herrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Mathias Kuffel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Jul-42 Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner 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". ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Pleubian, France 29 May 1943

Shot down by fighters and crashed at Pluebian, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 01:01:43 spencer.mads Changes to person associations
Sources

303rd BG mission reports family journels

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2017 20:57:00 CeesSteijger Changes to description
Sources

Research.
http://www.mairie-pleubian.fr/musee.html

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2015 23:07:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2015. Added Block number, markings, FTR event and edited Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections ot Squadron, Place and Mission within existing website data; converted dates to military-style signification; added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition from 303rd Bomb Group website Personnel records, historian Gary Moncur; formatted crew display.

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

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

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