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Lead crew on bombing mission to Soest, Germany, Beside Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-97557 'Mercys Mad House'. 427th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. England, 4 December 1944.

Connections

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Brady

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Caldwell

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator / Mickey Op
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Floyd Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Jay Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer

  • John Fletcher

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Flew 35 missions with the 8th/ Was a volunteer at the museum from its beginning

  • Robert Hullar

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • George Orvis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Norman Rogers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Smith

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (6OLC), BSM, AF Commend, WWII Victory, EAME, MSM (OLC), UN and Korean Medals.

  • Howard Tollack

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Progressed to Path finding. Credited 25 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-97557 "Mercy's Madhouse"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/12/43; 1SAG Langley 12/1/44; Mitchell 15/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 5/2/44; transferred 422NLS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 20/3/44; 544BS/384BG [SU-X] Grafton Underwood 4/8/44; 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 8/44; landing...

Missions

  • 736

    4 December 1944

Locations

  • 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...

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Date Contributor Update
05 March 2017 11:40:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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