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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).

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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

  • Vernon Appleton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner

  • Willard Bergeron

    Military | Pilot
    Flew 38 combat missions plus 15 missions when recalled for Korea; Lead crew

  • Leroy Cline

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Darius Davis

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Hershel De Wall

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Co-pilot upgraded to pilot on 13-Jan-44, completed his combat tour on 2-Mar-44.

  • Norman Hemmings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Simeon Oxendine

    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. ...

  • Reinaldo Saiz

    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...

  • Alphonse Serwa

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Walter Shayler

    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. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-29931 Satan's Workshop

    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...

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2017 16:02:33 Lucy May Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

US Official photograph shared across from Fold3: https://www.fold3.com/image/161242199

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