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Scorchy II 42-97058 (359BS) BN-V 41st CBW-B (359BS) - Pilot LtCol R.H. Cole / CoPilot Capt B.M. Goolsby
(Back L-R) 1Lt M.J. Walsh (N), LtCol R.H. Cole (P), Capt B.M. Goolsby (CP), Capt R.R. Bowen (B), 1Lt F.M. Lunde (N)
(Front L-R) S/Sgt R.H. Lebeck (BT), T/Sgt C.W. Greenhalgh (R), S/Sgt F.Z. Cueto (WG), T/Sgt D. Bumgarner (E), T/Sgt H.J. Rothrock (WG), S/Sgt W.A. Strobel (TG)



  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • Richard Bowen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Donald Bumgarner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Richard Cole

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions. ...

  • Frank Cueto


  • Billy Goolsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Chester Greenhalgh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Richard Lebeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | A/RAD

  • Frithjof Lunde

    Military | Captain | Squadron navigator
    Mission to Posen, Poland (a 10-11 hour mission). Transferred to 427 for last 6 missions. First mission to bomb using radar in thick cloud cover DFC, Air medal 2 oak leaf clusters, Unit citation, European Theatre, 2 overseas bars

  • Harry Rothrock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/ Waist Gunner
    Harry Rothrock was from New Albany, Indiana. He flew 33 missions with the 303rd Bomb Group; 359th Squadron. He flew every mission except 1 with 1st Lt. Billy M. Goolsby. After the war he returned home and opened an auto garage, he never married. He...

  • William Strobel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

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Date Contributor Update
26 March 2019 02:05:03 Popeye72 Created entry with collection and caption

303rd Bomb Group web page & personal family albums.