Lead crew on bombing mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany, beside B-17 'Satan's Workshop!', England, 30 December 1943.
Standing left to right: Lieutenant Hershell R De Wall (pilot), Captain Reinaldo Jose Saiz (bombardier), Lieutenant Darius Raymond Davis (navigator), Major Walter K Shayler (copilot) and Lieutenant Willard H. Bergeron (pilot).
Kneeling left to right: Staff Sergeant George W Wilson (waist gunner), Tech Sergeant LeRoy Cline (radio operator), Staff Sergeant Vernon R Appleton (tail gunner), Staff Sergeant Norman A Hemmings (ball turret gunner), Tech Sergeant Alphonse B Serwa (flight engineer) and Staff Sergeant Simeon Oxendine (waist gunner).
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
Military | Pilot
Flew 38 combat missions plus 15 missions when recalled for Korea; Lead crew
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
Military | Captain | Navigator
Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Captain | Pilot
Co-pilot upgraded to pilot on 13-Jan-44, completed his combat tour on 2-Mar-44.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
Simeon Oxendine served as a gunner with the 360th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
10-Jul-42 Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Amaogordo, New Mexico, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived as Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me". Flew 26 Missions and completed his...
Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commanding Officer
15-Sep-42 Trained for a time as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/43; Casper 28/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Memphis 16/4/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD- ] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43 JAYBIRD; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-L] Molesworth 13/7/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with George Underwood, Co...
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...