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The crew of the Boeing B-17 'Hells Angels' poses after returning to their Base in England after completing their 28th Mission. They are, L - R: Lt. R.W. Joy of San Francisco, CA., Co-Pilot; S/Sgt. Harold E. Godwin of Los Angeles CA., Tail gunner, Capt Donald R Bone of Temple, OK Bombardier: S/Sgt HJ Brody of Glendive, MO ball turret gunner; T/Sgt Russell M Warren of Flora, IL radio operator: Capt Hubert E Miller of Ridgeland, SC navigator; M/Sgt Fabian Folmer ground crew chief (on millers shoulders); T/Sgt Dennis Weiskoff of Miami, FL waist gunner; Capt Irl E Baldwin of Yakima, WA pilot; S/Sgt Fred Meddough of New Milford, CT waist gunner; and T/Sgt James Rodriguez of Ozone Park, NY engineer. They are all members of the 303rd Bomb Group. 15-Jun-43.



  • 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

    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


  • Irl Baldwin

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Completed 25 combat missions on 14 May 1943.

  • Donald Bone

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    Completed his combat tour on 15-May-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Brody

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Jim Brody grew up in eastern Montana. He flew his missions as the ball turret gunner on the B-17 "Hell's Angels" (Baldwin crew) and returned to the U.S. I have heard that he was credited with destroying 11 German airplanes, but I don't know if that...

  • Fabian Folmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    member of the Hell's Angels ground crew. But got to go on a bond raising tour around the U. S. in Jan. '44. Great experience. Was then assigned to US AAFBU in Galveston TX.

  • Harold Godwin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed his combat tour on 15-May-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Ripley Joy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Ripley W. Joy was assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 358th Bomb Squadron. Starting as a Co-Pilot, he was upgraded to Pilot on 4 June 1943. After completing 25 missions with the 303rd, he was sent back to the US. He was assigned as a pilot in the 21st...

  • Allerton Meddaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Hubert Miller

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    Dad was the NAV in the B-17 'Sky Wolf'. He was a Capt. on 09-15-42

  • James Rodriguez

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed combat tour on 17-May-43. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Warren

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator

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  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...


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06 March 2018 17:52:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations