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"Lead crew on bombing mission to Oscheraleben, Germany, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'The 8 Ball'. 303rd Bomb Group. England, 11 January 1944."

Rear L-R: 2Lt Robert H Halpin, Capt Jack B Fawcett, Capt Norman Nels Jacobsen, Brig Gen Robert F Travis, Lt Col William R Calhoun, 1Lt Darrell D Gust.

Front L-R: S/Sgt Harley F Jennings, T/Sgt George R Keesling, S/Sgt Leroy L "Shorty" Mace, T/Sgt Kenneth P Fitzsimmons, S/Sgt Albert C Santella.

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Calhoun

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Operations Officer; Commanding Officer
    Born 10 Nov 1919 Birmingham, AL, BA Degree Stanford Univ. ...

  • Jack Fawcett

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Fitzsimmons

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Darrell Gust

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 missions in B 17 'Jersey Bounce'. When working as a gunner, destroyed one enemy aircraft. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME..

  • 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. ...

  • Norman Jacobsen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harley Jennings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Keesling

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leroy Mace

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour with 8AF. Returned to 15AF for 2nd tour. ...

  • Albert Santella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24635 (The 8 BALL MK II). EIGHT BALL

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slighly damaged...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2019 11:18:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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