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42-31314

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Memphis 2/11/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-E] Molesworth 18/11/43; ex-Frankfurt 11/2/44, with Howard Dahleen, Co-pilot: Chas Rice, Navigator: Russ Klingensmith, Bombardier: Ray Gauthier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orrick Malcolm, Radio Operator: Cliff Swanson, Ball turret gunner: Ed Hirn, Waist gunner: Bill Titsworth, Waist gunner: Harding Smith,Tail gunner: Harry Ross (10 Returned to Duty); brakes failed, o/s Shoreham Afd, Sussex, UK. hitting guardroom and injuring three crew members; Salvaged n/battle damaged 13/2/44. SCORCHY.

Tail of A/C features: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEm49EgG1hs

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Howard Dahleen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-17F 42-31314, suffered a brake failure at RAF Shoreham, overshooting the runway and colliding with guard room, 3 crew members injured. 11 Feb 1944.

  • James Donnelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Gauthier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    The brakes failed on landing at RAF Shoreham, Sussex, overshooting the runway and hitting a guard shack on 11 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31314 'Scorchy'. RTD. Mission target was Frankfurt am Main, GR.

  • Joseph Gervais

    Military | Sergeant | Photographic | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Edward Hirn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Ball turret Gunner - The brakes failed on landing at RAF Shoreham, Sussex, overshooting the runway and hitting a guard shack on 11 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31314 'Scorchy'. RTD.

  • Jack Joyce

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Bombardier - Suffered brake failure during an emergency landing at RAF Shoreham on Feb. 11,1944 and collided with the guardhouse. RTD.

  • Russell Klingensmith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Russell Klingensmith flew 27 missions as a navigator with the 303rd Bomb Group and then became Assistant Group Navigator, briefing the navigators before their missions. ...

  • Orrick Malcolm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    The brakes failed on landing at RAF Shoreham, Sussex, overshooting the runway and hitting a guard shack on 11 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31314 'Scorchy'. RTD. Mission target was Frankfurt am Main, GR.

  • Myles Marsh

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Navigator - A/C 42-31314 Suffered brake failure during an emergency landing at RAF Shoreham on Feb. 11,1944 and collided with the guardhouse. RTD.

  • Francis Neuner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. 1-Dec-43 on return from mission to Solingen, Germany, B17 42-31243 ran out of fuel and ditched in the English Channel where ASR took them to Manston. 10 returned. Pilot was Allan Eckhart (or...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

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
Crashed The Terminal Building, Brighton City Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5FF, UK 11 February 1944

On return from Frankfurt mission 11/2/44. Brakes failed, Shoreham Airfield, Sussex, hitting guardroom and injuring three crew members. (10 x RTD).

Salvaged The Terminal Building, Brighton City Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5FF, UK 13 February 1944

Salvaged non battle damaged 13/2/44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 12:46:30 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.303rdbg.com/359marsh.html

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 12:41:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.303rdbg.com/359marsh.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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