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" "You should have seen the one that got away," says Capt. Irl E. Baldwin of Yakima, Washington, pilot of the Boeing B-17 "HELLS ANGELS," as he and his flight crew relate their experiences on their 28th mission to the ground crew at their base in England. All are 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...


  • 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.

  • 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


Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 09:48:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations