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41-24620

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24620 'Snap, Crackle, Pop' assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Bangor 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Escoublac Forest, West of St Nazaire, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15464. Navigator: Glen Herrington lost leg, was captured and later repatriated.

The aircraft flew in 5 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events for crew information

17-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire, France
18-Nov-42 Mission #2 - U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire, France
12-Dec-42 Mission #3 - Railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France - Aborted
30-Dec-42 Mission #4 - U-Boat Pens at Lorient, France
3-Jan-43 Mission #5 LAST OPERATION - U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire, 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Keith Bartlett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    12-Mar-42 Assigned to 303BG/360BS in B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" as 2LT and Co-Pilot. Gowen Field (Boise), Idaho. ...

  • Richard Callaway

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Available 303BG indicate that MAJ Callaway was a Senior Pilot and was assigned to an aircraft and with crew on 26-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, as a passenger aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS....

  • Harvie Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O],"Snap!, Crackle!" Pop!" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico but did not arrive at Molesworth with the rest of the crew. 303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Edward Durant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Milton Fonorow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo, New Mexico. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. Mission participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events

  • Jacob Fredericks

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of Captain. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

  • James Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Dennis Hart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Asssigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Glen Herrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

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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 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • 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 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
Arrival in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK, with 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24620 "Snap, Crackle, Pop!", 303BG/360BS

CMP MAJ Richard D. Callaway (RTD); CP CPT Jacob W. Fredericks (RTD)
N 2LT Glen M. Harrington (RTD); B 1LT Milton S. Fonorow (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Michael S. Hlastala (RTD); RO SSGT Richard J. Smith (RTD)
BTG SSGT Howard H. Nardine (RTD); LWG SGT Henry G. Schneiderman (RTD)
RWG SSGT James I. Gordon (RTD); TG SSGT Gilbert A. Murray, Jr. (RTD)

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24620 "Snap, Crackle, Pop!", 303BG/360BS

P CPT Jacob W. Fredericks (RTD); CP 2LT Arthur C. Way (RTD)
N 2LT Glen M. Harrington (RTD); B 1LT Milton S. Fonorow (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Michael S. Hlastala (RTD); RO SSGT Richard J. Smith (RTD)
BTG SSGT Howard H. Nardine (RTD); LWG SGT Henry G. Schneiderman (RTD)
RWG SGT Harvie L. Collins (RTD); TG SSGT Gilbert A. Murray, Jr. (RTD)

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24620 "Snap, Crackle, Pop!", 303BG/360BS

P CPT Jacob W. Fredericks (RTD); CP 1LT Walter K. Shayler (RTD)
N 2LT Otis A. Hoyt (RTD); B 1LT Milton S. Fonorow (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Michael S. Hlastala (RTD); RO SSGT Richard J. Smith (RTD)
BTG SSGT Howard H. Nardine (RTD); LWG SGT Harvie L. Collins (RTD)
RWG SGT Henry G. Schneiderman(RTD); TG SSGT Gilbert A. Murray, Jr. (RTD)

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

CREW B-17F 41-24620 "Snap, Crackle, Pop!", 303BG/360BS

P CPT Jacob W. Fredericks (RTD); CP 1LT Walter K. Shayler (RTD)
N 2LT Otis A. Hoyt (RTD); B 1LT Milton S. Fonorow (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT Michael S. Hlastala (RTD); RO SSGT Richard J. Smith (RTD)
BTG SSGT Howard H. Nardine (RTD); LWG SGT Harvie L. Collins (RTD)
RWG SGT Henry G. Schneiderman(RTD); TG SSGT Gilbert A. Murray, Jr. (RTD)

Failed to Return (FTR) Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft. Crashed in Forest of Escoublac, west of St. Nazaire, France.

Mission #5, B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - FTR Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

CREW B-17F 41-24620 "Snap, Crackle, Pop!", 303BG/360BS

P CPT Arthur I. Adams (KIA); CP 2LT Gene A. Witterstetter (KIA)
N 2LT Glen M. Herrington (POW); B 2LT Michael L. Libonati (KIA)
E/TTG TSGT Dennis C. Hart (KIA); RO TSGT Alfred M. Union (KIA)
BTG SSGT Allen E. MaGee (POW); LWG SBT Marvin L. Milan (KIA)
RWG SSGT Edward W. Durant (KIA); TG SSGT James I. Gordon (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 21:40:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. 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
24 January 2016 21:36:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 21:32:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-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
24 January 2016 21:28:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 21:22:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission REport of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 21:13:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Adde Arrival in Uk event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian;, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 21:11:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission participations to Biography Description; made connections to all mission participations per 303G website, 303BG Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 22:29:47 JasonR Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/ground-nose.html

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 18:13:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Jan-2015. Markings per "The Mighty Eighth Warpaint & Heraldry" Roger A. Freeman; Made connections to Place and Mission within website data: Added crash information to FTR event per MACR 15464; Edited description, converted dates to military-style signification per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition to crew and formatted crew display per MACR 15464.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15464 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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