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41-24603

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet" [BN-Y], 303BG/359BS was assigned with a combat crew on 10-Sep-42 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas then moved to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 9-Oct-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42.

Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Three engined were knocked out by flak over the target and then it was shot down by FW-190 fighters. All the crew baled out but the Pilot and Co-Pilot stayed with the aircraft because they only had one usable parachute between them and made a crash landing at Kergolay near Motreff, France The Tail Gunner, SSgt Joseph L. Markiewicz had been wounded but managed to bale out and was captured, but he died of his wounds on 12-Feb-43. 5POW 1POW-DIC 4EVD No MACR issued.

The aircraft participated in 9 Operations (3 were aborted). See Biography events for crew infomration.

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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Orginally assigned with the 92BG at Bovingdon, UK as an Aerial Gunner with the rank of Sergeant. He flew his first mission (and the only one with the 92BG) on 21-Oct-42. ...

  • Horace Bowman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Sep-42 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24603 [BN-Y] "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso Texas and arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard that aircraft on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • Sidney Devers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Sep-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24603 [BN-Y] "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • Warren Gerow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico and arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard that aircraft, the first B-17 of 303BG to arrive in England. He did not fly any missions with ...

  • Frank Greene

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner, GC | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Sep-42 Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner of B-17G 41-24603 [BN-Y] "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • Miles Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Sep-42 Assigned as Radio Operator of B-17G 41-24603 [BN-Y] "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • Joseph Marcelonis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Jun-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24605 (BN-R) Knock-out Dropper", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived as Molesworth, UK aboard that aircraft on 22-Oct-42. Mission participation (See Biography...

  • Joseph Markiewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Sep-42 Assigned as a Tail Gunner on B-17G 41-24603 [BN-Y] "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • John Plummer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    2LT John W. Plummer was orginally assigned as the Bombardier on B-17F, 41-24603 "Green Hornet" [BN-Y], 303BG/359BS on 10-Sep-42 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas and arrived with the aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. Shot down 23 November 1942 in...

  • Eugene Romig

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 303rd Bomb Group
    13 Feb-42 Assigned as Operations Officer of 303 Bomb Group at Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon with the rank of Major. 15-Sep-42 appointed Commanding Office of 303BG/359th Bombardment Squadron. See Biography events. MISSION participation currently...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING ATTACK & PATROLS

    12 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group conducts three operations: 41 Spitfires are despatched on shipping patrols and 6 attack a German ship; 4 Spitfires are despatched on defensive patrols; and 6 are despatched on defensive patrols along the English coast.

  • VIII Fighter Command DIVERSION

    20 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for RAF 'Circus' 244. For definition of 'Circus' see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • 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
Assigned with Combat Crew Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 10 September 1942

Assigned with combat crew on 10-Sep-42, Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.

Original Crew

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson; CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr.
N 2LT John W. Spence; B 2LT John W. Plummer
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers; RO TSGT Miles B. Jones
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene; LWG Not Assigned
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson; TG SGT Joseph L. Markiewicz

Transfer for Deployment Bangor, ME, USA 9 October 1942 – 21 October 1942

Transferred to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for deployment to the UK.

Crew aboard:

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK with the following crew:

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson; CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr.
N 2LT John W. Spence; B 2LT John W. Plummer
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers; RO TSGT Miles B. Jones
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene; LWG Not Assigned
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson; TG SGT Joseph L. Markiewicz

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24603, "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman (RTD)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT John W. Plummer (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (RTB); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (RTB)

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (RTB); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (RTB)

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

CMP MAJ Eugene A. Romig (RTB); CP 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (RTB); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (RTB)

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (RTB); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (RTB)

Mission #5, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (RTB); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (RTB)

Mission #6, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (RTB); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SGT Warren H. Gerow (RTB)

Mission #7, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB); LWG TSGT Joseph G. Marcelonis (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SGT Warren H. Gerow (RTB)

Mission #8, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (RTB); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (RTB)
N 2LT John W. Spence (RTB); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (RTB); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SGT Carlos J. Silva (RTB); LWG SGT Ralph B. Adams (RTB)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (RTB); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (RTB)

Mission #9, B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS - MIA Lorient, France 23 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS. Last Operation

P 1LT Ellis J. Sanderson (WIA/POW); CP 2LT Horace D. Bowman, Jr. (POW)
N 2LT John W. Spence (EVD); B 2LT Grady B. Ward (POW)
E/TTG TSGT Sidney Devers (EVD); RO TSGT Miles B. Jones (RTB)
BTG SSGT Frank W. Greene (EVD); LWG SGT Carlos J. Silva (POW)
RWG SSGT Harry F. Swanson (POW); TG SSGT Joseph L. Markiewicz (POW/DIC)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 12:28:24 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:59:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #9 event per 303G website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:53:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #8 event per 303G website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of1 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:43:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303G website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:39:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303G website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:36:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303G website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:22:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:14:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:07:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:03:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 20:57:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ellis J. Sanderson crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-sanderson.html

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 20:53:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Transfer for Deployment event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A, Freeman with David Osborne B-17F 41-24603 History Summary.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 20:49:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Asssigned with Combat Crew evenr per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ellis J. Sanderson crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-sanderson.html

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 20:39:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Added Initial crw assigment and mission participation statement to Summary Biography; made connections to all mission participations per my research of 303BG Mission Reports, 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 22:19:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added nickname , markings, FTR event, and description details per 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. Added crew position, rank, full proper name, and dispositions per 303rd Bomb Group website data, 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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