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42-5792

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action Le Mans 4/7/43 with Bob O'Connor, Bombardier: Rich Peterson (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Donovan Manifold, Navigator: Andy Halioris, Radio Operator: Earl Hogue, Waist gunner: Harry Thompson-Brundidge (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bernie Koenig, Ball turret gunner: Albert Carroll, Waist gunner: Ed Chonskie, Tail gunner: John Zioance (4 evaded capture); enemy aircraft KO’d an engine, crashed near Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, 18 miles SW of Le Mans, Fr. No Missing Air Crew Report .THE MUGGER.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Albert Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23 credited missions (first on 17 nov 1942) ...

  • Edward Chonskie

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Evaded. . Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson who were killed.

  • Andrew Halioris

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson...

  • Earl Hogue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Radio Operator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Bernard Koenig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Evaded. . Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson who were killed.

  • Donovan Manifold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson...

  • 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. ...

  • Richard Peterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson...

  • Harry Thompson-Brundidge

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Evaded. Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson who were killed.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

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) Le Mans, France 4 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2016 12:55:24 Mags Changes to nicknames
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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