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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. ...

  • 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 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 50

    5 April 1943
    The industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is the primary target of this mission. More specifically the Erla aircraft and engine factories are the highest priority. 79 B-17s are depatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (21); 305BG (18); 306BG (20). 64 of the 79 are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

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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 Detmold, Germany 11 January 1944

Crew ordered to bailout around Detmold, Germany. All 10 crew members bailed out, whereas one was later killed, the crew believing he was shot upon reaching the ground. The rest were taken prisoner.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2020 23:11:09 CastleBren Changes to markings, events and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

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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