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41-24608

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS was assigned with a crew on 10-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamgordo, New Mexico, The aircraft was the first of the 303rd to arrive at Moleworth on 12-Oct-42. Participated in 5 Operations (3 Aborted). See Biography events for crew information.

22-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France - Aborted
12-Dec-43 Mission #2 - Railroad marshalling yards, Rouen, France - Aborted
20-Dec-43 Mission #3 - German air depot, Romilly-sur-Seine, France - Aborted
30-Dec-43 Mission #4- U-Boat pens at Lorient, France
3-Jan-43 LAST OPERATION Mission #5 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France

Missing in Action 3-Jan-43, sustained damage from anti-aircraft fire over the target and crashed into the sea near Belle Ile-en-Mer, France. 7KIA 3POW Missing Air Crew Report 15720.

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

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Leonard Kirk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yehoodi", 303BG 358BS 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 ...

  • Norman Kossis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24608 'Yehoodi', 303BG/359BS while serving as Bombardier on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Loreint, France. Aircraft crashed into the sea off the Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France. Participated in 7 Operations (4...

  • Rufus Litton

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to the 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Not placed with a regular combat cerw at the time. Date of arrival in the UK, not in 303BG source data. ...

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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 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • 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 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...

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 Crew Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 10 July 1942

Assigned with comabt crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 12 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK. The first aircraft from 303BG to land in England.

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS

P 1LT Frank A. Saunders (RTB); CP Leonard W. Kirk (RTB)
N 2LT Oscar F. Forester, Jr. (RTB); B 2LT Norman Kossis (RTB)
E/TTG Victor J. Cozza (RTB); RO TSGT Walter M. Clevenger (RTB)
BTG SSGT Leif H. Hoklin (RTB); LWG SSGT Lloyd E. Wagner (RTB)
RWG SGT Howard A. High (RTB); TG SSGT Russell O. Chitwood (RTB)

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS

P 1LT Frank A. Saunders (RTB); CP Leonard W. Kirk (RTB)
N 2LT Oscar F. Forester, Jr. (RTB); B 2LT Norman Kossis (RTB)
E/TTG Victor J. Cozza (RTB); RO TSGT Walter M. Clevenger (RTB)
BTG SSGT Leif H. Hoklin (RTB); LWG SSGT Lloyd E. Wagner (RTB)
RWG SGT Howard A. High (RTB); TG SSGT Russell O. Chitwood (RTB)

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS

LT Frank A. Saunders (RTB); CP Leonard W. Kirk (RTB)
N 2LT Oscar F. Forester, Jr. (RTB); B 2LT Norman Kossis (RTB)
E/TTG Victor J. Cozza (RTB); RO TSGT Walter M. Clevenger (RTB)
BTG SSGT Leif H. Hoklin (RTB); LWG SGT Rufus C. Litton (RTB)
RWG SGT Howard A. High (RTB); TG SSGT Russell O. Chitwood (RTB)

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS

LT Frank A. Saunders (RTB); CP Leonard W. Kirk (RTB)
N 2LT Oscar F. Forester, Jr. (RTB); B 2LT Norman Kossis (RTB)
E/TTG Victor J. Cozza (RTB); RO TSGT Walter M. Clevenger (RTB)
BTG SSGT Leif H. Hoklin (RTB); LWG SGT Rufus C. Litton (RTB)
RWG SGT Howard A. High (RTB); TG SSGT Russell O. Chitwood (RTB)

Failed to Return (FTR) Belle Île, France 3 January 1943

Sustained damage from anti-aircraft fire, crashed into the sea off Belle Ile-en-Mer, France.

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - MIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS

LT Frank A. Saunders (POW); CP Leonard W. Kirk (KIA)
N 2LT Oscar F. Forester, Jr. (POW); B 2LT Norman Kossis (KIA)
E/TTG Victor J. Cozza (MIA); RO TSGT Walter M. Clevenger (KIA)
BTG SSGT Leif H. Hoklin (POW); LWG SGT Rufus C. Litton (KIA)
RWG SGT Howard A. High (KIA); TG SSGT Russell O. Chitwood (KIA)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 19:33:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Corrections to Mission #3 and #4.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 19:31:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Correcting typos in Mission 5 event.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 19:29:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 19:24:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 19:00:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:57:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:53:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. 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
15 December 2015 18:47:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reprot of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:37:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian Frank A. Saunders crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-saunders.html

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:34:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Assigned with crew event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Frank A. Saunders crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-saunders.html

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:31:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Made connections to all mission participation based on 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:28:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Edited Summary Biography with crew assignment and arrival in UK information and added mission list, per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 19:24:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2015. Added nickname , markings and FTR event description and map location per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Edited description adding TN, converted date nomenclature to military style signification; Added Crew Position, Rank, Full proper name and disposition per MACR 7560, formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15720 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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