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41-24606

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42.

23-Jan-43 despatched on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target. The pilot, 1LT George J. Oxrider ordered his crew of nine to bail out over the south coast of England after limping home with only one engine operating. He landed "Werewolf" on the grounds of a mental hospital at Dawlish. It was originally thought to be beyond repair. The VIII Service command later decided to repair the B-17 and fly it out. They changed three engines, and cleared trees, walls, and hedges to made a 2,500 foot runway. The take-off was successful and it was flown to Honington Air Depot for further major repairs. On 22 April 43, after repairs were completed, it was transferred to 91BG/401BS where it remained for two months.

There were no bailout or mission injuries. Participated in 4 Operations

17-Nov-42 Mission #1 U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (see Biography)
30-Dec-42 Mission #2 U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (see Biography)
3-Jan-43 Mission #3 Torpedo Storage Areas at St. Nazaire, France. (see Biography)
23-Jan-43 Mission #4 LAST OPERATION U-Boat pens at Lorient, France and Brest, France. (CL)

Salvaged 23-Jan-43 and repaired at Honington AD then transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 22-Apr-43; no missions 3 AAD Langford Lodge 11-Jun-43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 14-Jun-43; CCRC Bovingdon; Salvaged NBD 18-Jun-45. WEREWOLF.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Brunnet

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. 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 6...

  • Russell Chitwood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as the Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England. ...

  • Walter Clevenger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as a Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England. ...

  • Victor Cozza

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 assigned as an Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived at Molesworth UK aboard that aircraft on 12-Oct-42. Participated in 4 Operations (2 were aborted) See...

  • 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)....

  • Oscar Forester

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as the Navigator of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England. ...

  • Donald Grant

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Donald Lawrence “Larry” Grant was born March 20, 1920 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was the oldest of four children born to Donald Buford Grant and Altha Lena Sellars. The family moved several times around the Midwest during his youth, before finally...

  • 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) ...

  • Howard High

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England. ...

  • Leif Hoklin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK at Molesworth, UK on 12-Oct-42 with "Yahoodi" as the first aircraft of the 303BG to arrived in England. ...

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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 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 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

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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 #3 B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 43

CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS

P 1LT Robert J. Nolan (RTD); CP 2LT Richard L. Kruse (RTD)
N 2LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 2LT Richard R. Hopper (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Roy J. Hively (RTD); RO SSGT Milton Hamill (RTD)
BTG SGT Jesse R. Kinney (RTD); LWG SGT James P. Goff (RTD)
RWG SGT Jack Lucas (RTD); TG SGT Edward L. DeMuth (RTD)

Mission #1 B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS

P 2LT George J. Oxrider (RTD); CP 2LT Donald W. Hurlburt (RTD)
N 2LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 2LT Thomas R. Thomas (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Zeimer (RTD); RO SSGT Everett A. Dasher (RTD)
BTG SGT Clifton R. Fincher (RTD); LWG SGT George F. Hall (RTD)
RWG SGT Samuel P. Maxwell (RTD): TG SGT James K. Sadler (RTD)

Mission #2 B-17F 42-24606, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS

P 1LT George J. Oxrider (RTD); CP 2LT Donald W. Hurlburt (RTD)
N 2LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 2LT Earl A. Steele (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Ziemer (RTD); RO SSGT Everett A. Dasher (RTD)
BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD): LWG SGT Theodore C. Heaps (RTD)
RWG SGT Samuel P. Maxwell (RTD); TG SSGT James K. Sadler.

Mission #4 B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS (CL) Lorient, France 23 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS

P 2LT George J. Oxrider (CL RTD); CP 2LT Donald W. Hurlburt (BO RTD)
N 2LT Donald L. Grant (BO RTD); B 2LT Earl A. Steele (BO RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Zeimer (BO RTD); RO SSGT Everett A. Dasher (BO RTD)
BTG SGT Robert C. Smith (BO RTD); LWG SGT Theodore C. Heaps (BO RTD)
RWG SGT Samuel P. Maxwell (BO RTD): TG SGT James K. Sadler (BO RTD)

Crash Landing w/Battle Damage Dawlish, Devon, UK 23 January 1943

Aircraft sustained battle damage on mission to Lorient, France. limped home on one engine. All crew baled out except pilot who crash landed the aircaft at Dawlish, UK.

Transferred Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 22 April 1943 – 11 June 1943

Transferred to 91BG/401BS at Bassingbourn, UK. Did not fly any missions with the 91BG. Sent to 3rd Air Depot at Langford Lodge, UK 11-Jun-43.

Transferred Langford Lodge, 109 Pembroke Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS8 3EU, UK 11 June 1943 – 14 June 1943

Transferred to 3rd Air Depot at Langford Lodge, UK on 11-Jun-43 then sent to 2nd Strategic Arms Depot at Alconbury, UK on 14-Jun-43.

Transferred Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 14 June 1943 – 1 July 1943

Transferred to 2nd Strategic Arms Depot at Alconbury, UK on 14-Jun-43 then posted to 92BG at the Combat Crew Replacement Center, Alconbury on 1-Jul-43.

92BG CCRC Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1 July 1943 – 18 July 1945

Served at the Combat Crew Replacment Center at Alconbury, UK and used in training until it was sold for scrap on 18-Jun-45

Sold for Scrap Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 18 June 1945

Sold for Scrap in England at Alconbury on 18-Jun-1945.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 21:22:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunninghjam 10-Mar-2016. Added headers to crew displays for missions 1-4.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 21:19:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Changed initial assignment to Kellog Field per 303BG website records, Gary Moncur, Historian. http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 21:07:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added transfer and Salvage events pr "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freement with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:23:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event crw data per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian:http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:14:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:04:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Corrected date on Mission #3

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 19:56:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015 Added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 19:50:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event crew data per 303BG webiste Mission Reoprt of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 19:42:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-43. Added Block Number, Manufacturer, Markings per 303BG website; http://www.303rdbg.com;
Made connections to Units & Missions added Mission #1 to Description and Mission #1 event crew details per 303BG website Mission Report of 17-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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