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42-31423

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-M] Molesworth 14/1/44.

Missing in Action Cologne 15/8/44 with:
6 Killed in Action:
- Pilot, Henry Clark;
- Co-pilot, Gilbert Vesey;
- Navigator, Ralph Davies;
- Bombardier, Earl Brosius;
- Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Harry Scott;
- Radio Operator, Fred Roswal.
3 Prisoner of War:
- Ball turret gunner, Chas Sikora;
- Waist gunner, Cyrus Cruttenden;
- Tail gunner, Edwin Bjorn.

Enemy aircraft, exploded in flight, crashed between Oberkail & Steinborn, NE of Bitburg, Germany.
Missing Air Crew Report 8168.
JIGGER ROUCHE aka KRAUT KILLER.

See more at : http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/229.pdf

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edwin Bjorn

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Maldberg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Earl Brosius

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423

  • Henry Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423 on 8/15/44 Air Medal w Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart

  • Cyrus Cruttenden

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Maldberg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Jigger Rouche #4231423

  • Ralph Davies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423

  • Frederick Roswal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423

  • Harold Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche #4231423

  • Charles Sikora

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Bickendorf on 8/15/44 in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gilbert Vesy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed t Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423

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) Bitburg, Germany 15 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 16:25:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings, description and mission associations
Sources

Updated biography with details from http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/229.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8168 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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