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42-31183

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28-Sep-43; Grand Island 21-Oct-43; Wilmington 28-Oct-43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-J] Molesworth 18-Nov-43; transferred 358BS [VK-Y]

15-Aug-44 Missing in Action on a mission to bomb the airfield at Wiesbaden, Germany. Shot down by enemy aircraft. Crashed at Wittlich, Germany near Matzen, Germany. Was assigned to the 358BS when it went MIA. Navigator 2LT Lester E. Reuss was murdered by civilians on the ground. Radio Operator Patsy Rocco was shot by a policeman during transport to Bitburg on the next day. One of 9 aircraft from the 303BG lost on this mission. Missing Air Crew Report 8170. 2KIA 7POW. BAD PENNY.

P 2LT Arthur L. Goss (POW); CP 2LT Harry J. Cook. Jr. (POW)
N 2LT Lester E Reuss (KIA); B 2LT Malcolm M. Fouts (POW)
E/TTG SGT Floyd A. Sprague (POW); RO SGT Patsy Rocco (KIA)
BTG SGT James A. Earon (POW); LWG - Not carried
RWG SGT Roy M. Stevens (POW); TG SGT Norman A. Bunney (POW)

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Norman Bunney

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183 POW

  • Harry Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183 POW

  • James Earon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Wounded in Action (WIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Malcolm Fouts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltberg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183 POW

  • Arthur Goss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183 POW

  • 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.

  • Lester Reuss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183. After completing a bombing mission on the airdrome at Wiesbaden, the B-17 he was in was attacked by Germany fighters and shot down. According to mission...

  • Patsy Rocco

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183

  • Floyd Sprague

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183 POW

  • Roy Stevens

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Biltburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Bad Penny #4231183 POW

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 15 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2017 09:52:05 Kauko56 Changes to description
Sources

"Review and Recommendations" paper of US trial # 12-1852 (US vs. Friedrich Scheilz)

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 17:04:27 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 09:59:04 Rainer Changes to mission associations
Sources

Corrected mission connection

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 22:23:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2016. Made connection to 358BS per 303BG website:http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 22:20:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2016. Added Nickname and Codings, converted dates to USAAF military-style signification, added loss details, added crew position, rank, full proper name, and dispostion for alll crew members, foramtted crew display, per "Losses of the 8th & 9ht Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, 303BG website Gary Moncur Historian, Mission Report of 15-Aug-44: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/229.pdf and MACR 8170.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8170 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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