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41-24629

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-O] Cheyenne 13/9/42; Thurleigh 23/1/43; transferred 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-G] 25/9/43; 4m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with John Hendry, Navigator: Bernie McNamara, Bombardier: Dick Webster Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Loran Biddle, Ball turret gunner: Alf Hargrove, Waist gunner: Delbert Guhr, Waist gunner: Wilfred Raesly, Tail gunner: John Doherty (8 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Bill Harper, Radio Operator: Jim Brown (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, ship exploded with wreckage, crashed at Valenciennes, near Belgian border. Missing Air Crew Report 1032.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Loran Biddle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1032 Awards: PH.

  • John Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Delbert Guhr

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358S, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Hargrave

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Harper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • John Hendry

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard McNamara

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wilmer Raesly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BSM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Webster

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat mission. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Valenciennes, France 20 October 1943

Eight crew were taken as POWs, two were KIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 18:59:30 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 19:27:59 CastleBren Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 19:25:48 CastleBren Changes to events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1032 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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