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42-31929

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Gr Island 15/1/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Molesworth 1/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 26/3/44 with Chas Mars, Co-pilot: Bill Dallas, Navigator: George Arvanites, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Foster, Radio Operator: Ed McGinnis, Ball turret gunner: Chas Dunlap, Waist gunner: Alby Senechal, Waist gunner: Dolbert Nivens,Tail gunner: Vince Agione (9 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Conrad Kersch (EVD-ret UK after D-Day); flak, crashed Cote de l’Haeneberg, Lederzeele, three miles N of Omer, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3475. TENNESSEE HILLBILLY.

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

  • Vincent Angione

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Arvanites

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew bailed out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • William Dallas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Dunlap

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, France on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly'. Crashed at Lederzeelle, North of St Omer after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War

  • Raymond Foster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eddie Ginnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Conrad Kersch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, France on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of St. Omer after the crew baled out. Evaded capture (EVD). ...

  • Charles Mars

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dolbert Nivens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Albert Senechal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak just after bombs away on a mission to Wizernes, FR on 26 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31929 'Tennessee Hillbilly' crashed N of Sr Olmer after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 26 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3475 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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