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B-17G 42-39769 Missmanooki (359BS) BN-P (crew assigned 359BS: Oct 1943 - photo: 20 Nov 1943).

(Back L-R) 1Lt Billy M. Goolsby (P), 1Lt John N. Savage (CP)(P). 2Lt Paul E. Towberman (N), Capt Richard R. Bowen (B)
(Front-L-R) T/Sgt Chester W. Greenhalgh (R), T/Sgt Donald Bumgarner (E), S/Sgt William Chraniuk (BTG), S/Sgt Harry J. Rothrock (LWG),
S/Sgt Frank Z. Cueto (RWG), S/Sgt William 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

  • William Chraniuk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Frank Cueto


  • Billy Goolsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Chester Greenhalgh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • 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...

  • John Savage

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • William Strobel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • P Towberman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator


  • 42-39769

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 25/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 13/10/43; crash landed at base on practice flight when u/c collapsed, with Don Stoulil, Co-pilot: Ed Callahan, Navigator: Harry Susskind, Bombardier: George Trewicki,...


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

303rd Bomb Group web page & personal family albums.