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"Lead crew on a bombing mission to Kassel, Germany, pose in front of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Sky Wolf'. 303rd Bomb Group. 30-Jul-43."

Rear L-R: 1Lt William V Chamberlain, 2Lt James R McConnen, 1Lt Jack C Timken, Lt Col Kermit D Stevens, 2Lt William B. Harper, 2Lt Robert K Solverson

Front L-R: S/Sgt Criscienzo N Giassullo, S/Sgt George R. Redhead, S/Sgt James E. Toy, Sgt Jack Baxter, T/Sgt Leland N. Knuth

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jack Baxter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • William Chamberlain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Criscienzo Giassullo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • William Harper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BS, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Leland Knuth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    Completed 26 missions between 4th April and 27th Aug 43. Flight engineer on B-17 41-24562 'Sky Wolf'.

  • James Mcconnen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • George Redhead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Flew 25 missions as part of Timlean's crew on B-17 'Sky Wolf'

  • Robert Solverson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 284 Awards: PH.

  • Kermit Stevens

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer; Pilot
    Stationed in Savannah when 8th AF formed; Commanding Officer 303rd BG from 19-Jul-43 to 1-Sep-44; led first daylight bombing mission over Norway SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jack Timken

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew as pilot of 41-24562 "Sky Wolf" on the 19/5/1943 mission. July 4, 1943 fighter attack on B17-41-24562 'Sky Wolf' piloted by Lieutenant J. C. Timken.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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
27 December 2018 15:59:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32145838?terms=Robert%20Solverson

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