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41-24607

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target and was ditched into the sea near Lorient, France. Was also named "What's Up Doc" at one time. 10KIA MACR 15473.

MISSIONS - See Biography events for crew information on each mission.
22-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France.
6-Dec-42 Mission #2 - Carriage & wagon works at Lille, France
12-Dec-42 Mission #3 - Railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France
20-Dec-42 Mission #4 - German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France - Aborted
13-Jan-43 Mission #5 - Lille Fives Locomotive Works, Lille, France
23-Jan-43 Mission #6 - LAST OPERATION - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Antonio Bednarchuk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    1 May-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24612 [GN-R] "The Devil Himself" at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 26-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK on "The Devil Himself". ...

  • Irwin Blankenship

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as and Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] ...

  • Jarold Byrom

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry...

  • Luther Gross

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as and Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] ...

  • Duke Hamilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 ...

  • Victor Hand

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-1942 Assigned as and Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and the crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] ...

  • Bernard Jurosek

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    25-May-42 Assigned to 303BG/437BS as an Aerial Gunner at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 303BG records do not indicate that he was permanently assigned to a crew at that time, but he trained with crews at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico and at...

  • Donald Mayo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as a Radio Operator with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Apparently he was not asssigned permanently with a crew at that time. 303BG website records do not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK or which aircraft he...

  • Ewell McCright

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Aug-42 Asssigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24612 (GN-R), "The Devil Himself",303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 26-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "The Devil Himself". ...

  • Roger Milford

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Date of arrival at Molesworth, UK could not be definitely determined appoximately 22-Oct-42. He flew as a substitute Aerial Gunner on several 303BG/427BS...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • 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 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • 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
Mission #1, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD)
N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD)
E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD)
BTG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); LWG SGT Luther N. Gross
RWG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD); TG SSGT A. Bednarchuk (RTD)

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD)
N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD)
E/TTG SGT Irwin D Blankenship (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD)
BTG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); LWG SGT Luther N. Gross
RWG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTD); TG SGT Donald H. Rutt (RTD)

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD)
N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD)
E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD)
BTG SGT Luther N Gross (RTD); LWG SGT Roger W. Milford
RWG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTD); TG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD)

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD)
N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Ewell R. McCright (RTD)
E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD)
BTG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD); LWG SGT Luther N. Gross
RWG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); TG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTD)

Mission #5, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD)
N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD)
E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD)
BTG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); LWG SGT Bernard Jurosek
RWG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD); TG SGT Luther N. Gross (RTD)

Failed to Return (FTR) Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Shot down by AA fire and ditched into the Bay of Biscay near the target of Lorient, France.

Mission #6, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS.

P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (KIA); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (KIA)
N 1LT, Jarold J. Byrom (KIA); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (KIA)
E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton (KIA); RO SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (KIA)
BTG SSGT Donald A. Mayo (KIA); LWG Sgt Luther M. Gross (KIA)
RWG SGT Victor G. Hand (KIA); TG Sgt Roger W. Milford (KIA)
NOTE: Crew order as listed on MACR 15473 is not in the usual order because the MACR was prepared after the war. Crew positions listed under Mission #7 event were confirmed with the crew roster as defined by the 303rd Bomb Group historian Gary Moncur.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 13:48:33 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:56:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:51:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:44:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:39:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:28:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:21:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 00:10:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added mission history to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report data: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 18:57:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added nickname from original data ingest; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR description , target and loss details in Description 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 crew roster Gary Moncur, historian, also reference MACR 15373; formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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