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41-24605

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Searcy Field 19-Jul-45, scrapped Stillwater, OK. KNOCK-OUT DROPPER.

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. ...

  • Richard Browning

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    28-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24565 [BN-P] "Idaho Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Idaho Potato Peeler Kids" ...

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • William Cargill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 assigned to B-17F 41-24609 [BN-Q] "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas and arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. Mission participation (See Biography events - UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

  • Adam Champagne

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Jesse Elliott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    24-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 [BN-T] "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "the Dutchess". ...

  • Paul Hogan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Kilgore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    28-Feb-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24565 [BN P] "Idaho Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS at Pendleton Fielsd, Pendleton, Oregon and arrived 25-Oct-42 at Molesworth, UK aboard that aircraft. ...

  • 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...

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Places

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • 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
14 September 2017 19:24:20 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 23:50:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added nickname, converted dates to military-style signification; made connection to Unit and Place per 303BG records, Gary Moncur, Historian http://www.303rdbg.com/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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