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42-5360

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/11/42; New Castle 13/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-N] 8/1/43; Missing in Action [35m] Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Schwaebe, Co-pilot: Harry Dumse, Navigator: Paul Degnan, Bombardier: Wilburn Wiley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Foreman, Radio Operator: Mark Tudor, Ball turret gunner: Ben Harvey, Waist gunner: Jim Malcolm,Tail gunner: George Lott (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Russ Whitesell (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Goslar, near Detmold, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1926. OLD FAITHFUL aka WAR BRIDE.

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

  • Paul Degnan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-5360 'War Bride. ' Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. First mission on 4 April 1943 with John Farrar (42-5260); 2nd one with Clemens Wurzbach (41-24562);...

  • Harold Dumse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-5360 'War Bride'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roy Foreman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-5360 'War Bride'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Benjamin Harvey

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-5360 'War Bride'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Olwin Humphries

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on B17 42-5360 'War Bride' 30-Jul-43. Awards: AM, PH.

  • George Iott

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on mission to Oschersleben on 11-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-5360 'War Bride'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Re-enlisted in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • James Malcom

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-5360 'War Bride'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1032 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert O'Connor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Robert S. O’Connor was born October 16, 1918. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O’Connor. His hometown was Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1942
Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 20 November 1942

Delivered Tulsa AAF 20-Nov-42.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 8 January 1943

Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Oschersleben, Germany 11 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Oschersleben 11-Jan-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Goslar, near Detmold, Germany MACR 1926

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2018 13:43:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28701461?terms=42-5360

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 21:27:21 Mags Changes to nicknames
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1926 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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