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42-5434

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gil Bendston, Radio Operator: Ed Deerfield, Ball turret gunner: John Deffinger, Waist gunner: Simeon Oxendine, Waist gunner: Elmer Peterson, Tail gunner: Paul Davis (10 Returned to Duty), crashed Alresford, near Winchester, Hants. Salvaged 20/12/43. BOB’S BOUDOIR aka LADY LUCK.

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gilbert Bendston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Edward Cobb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. On 30-Jul-43, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived,...

  • Robert Cogswell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations. ...

  • Paul Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30-Jul-43, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Eddie Deerfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Credited with 30 missions. First on 10-Jul-43 to Poux, France. Last on 11-May-44 to Saarbrucken, Germany. Flew most often with Captain Robert Cogswell at controls of B-17 Flying Fortress 'Iza Vailable'. ...

  • John Deffinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    24 Sept 1943 on returning from mission, ac B-17 #42-5434 'Lady Luck' caught fire.

  • William Eason

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 42-5434 [PU-J] "Lady Luck" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The date of his arrival at Molesworth, UK nor the aircraft on which he arrived there could not be determined...

  • Samuel Edwards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 42-5434 [PU-J] "Lady Luck" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The date of his arrival at Molesworth, UK nor the aircraft on which he arrived there could not be determined from 303BG...

  • Lawrence Effinger

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Loyd Griffin

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 42-5434 [PU-J] "Lady Luck" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The date of his arrival at Molesworth, UK nor the aircraft on which he arrived there could not be determined from 303BG records....

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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
Crashed New Alresford, Alresford SO24, UK 26 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 17:30:21 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 17:29:07 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Added a 2nd nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2019 13:16:48 phil marchese Changes to markings
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AAM existing option for key image.

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2019 12:36:58 phil marchese Changes to production block number, markings and media associations
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AAM associated image was a Vega.

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 00:01:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Nickname per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Strory", Roger A. Freeman wit David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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