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Ole George #42-31574 (358BS) VK-G 41st CBW High (358BS) - Pilot Maj R.H. Cole / CoPilot 1Lt B.M. Goolsby (Back L-R) 1Lt B.M. Goolsby (CP), Maj R.H. Cole (P), 2Lt F.M Lunde (N), 2Lt W.L. Hoover (B), 1Lt R.H. Halpin (TG-O) (Front L-R) T/Sgt D. Bumgarner (E), S/Sgt W. Chraniuk (BT), S/Sgt F.Z. Cueto (WG), S/Sgt H.J. Rothrock (WG), T/Sgt V.S. Kelley (R)



  • Donald Bumgarner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • William Chraniuk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Richard Cole

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

  • Frank Cueto


  • Billy Goolsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Robert Halpin

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot / Pilot
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions, 19 x as lead ship tailgunner/ observer, 5 x as co-pilot and 5 x as pilot. Moved through ranks from F/O to 2Lt to 1Lt as pilot. ...

  • William Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Kelley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • 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...


  • 42-31574

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Great Falls 24/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Fort Wayne 25/12/43; Wilmington 27/12/43; Presque Is 29/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 13/1/44; transferred 327BS/92BG Podington; Missing in Action Merzhausen 24/12/44,...


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

303rd Bomb Group web page & personal family albums.