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42-31239

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Nashville 29/10/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-N] Molesworth 18/11/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 24/2/44 with Marshall Smith, Co-pilot: Francis Palecek, Bombardier: Ed Troy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Andy Dick, Radio Operator: Edwin Frolick, Ball turret gunner: Gustaf Simon, Waist gunner: Herman Stauter, Waist gunner: John Schor (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ed Neuwirth,Tail gunner: Walter Fugate (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Landmark Hungen, 12 miles SE of Giessen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2763.

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

People

  • Andrew Dick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edwin Frolick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Fugate

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Edward Neuwirth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Palecek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • John Schor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gustaf Simon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marshall Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herman Stauter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Troy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Giessen, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31239. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 24 February 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2763 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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