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A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hell's Angels".
Passed for publication 18 Jul 1943.

Printed caption on reverse: 'Crew Of "Hell's Angels". Photo Shows:- The crew of the Flying Fortress bomber "Hell's Angels" - left to right (standing) Lieut. Joy, co-pilot of former crew and now temporary pilot of new crew; Lieut. W.J. Monahan, of Dorchester, Mass, new pilot; Lieut. Martin L. Clark, co-pilot, of Dallas, Texas; Lieut. William P. Maher of Manchester, N.H., navigator; Lieut. Walter Hargrove of Billings, Montana, the bombardier; T/Sgt. Marion D. Ignaczewski of Camden, New Jersey, engineer.
(Front row) - T/Sgt. Frank Kimotek of Campbell, Ohio, radio; St/Sgt. Walter Gassen of Amherst, Ohio, asst. engineer; St/Sgt. Alfred R. Buinicky of Claremont, N.H.; Si/Sgt.[St/Sgt.?] James H. Comer Jr. of Short Beach, Connecticut, waist gunner; St/Sgt. David Miller of Quick Sand, Kentucky, the tail gunner. SEA July 16th 1943 PN.'
On reverse: Planet News Ltd and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].

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A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hell's Angels". Passed for publication 18 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Crew Of "Hell's Angels". Photo Shows:- The crew of the Flying Fortress bomber "Hell's Angels" - left to right (standing) Lieut. Joy, co-pilot of former crew and now temporary pilot of new crew; Lieut. W.J. Monahan, of Dorchester, Mass, new pilot; Lieut. Martin L. Clark, co-pilot, of Dallas, Texas; Lieut. William P. Maher of Manchester, N.H., navigator; Lieut. Walter Hargrove of Billings, Montana, the bombardier; T/Sgt. Marion D. Ignaczewski of Camden, New Jersey, engineer. (Front row) - T/Sgt. Frank Kimotek of Campbell, Ohio, radio; St/Sgt. Walter Gassen of Amherst, Ohio, asst. engineer; St/Sgt. Alfred R. Buinicky of Claremont, N.H.; Si/Sgt.[St/Sgt.?] James H. Comer Jr. of Short Beach, Connecticut, waist gunner; St/Sgt. David Miller of Quick Sand, Kentucky, the tail gunner. SEA July 16th 1943 PN.' On reverse: Planet News Ltd and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].

Connections

Units

  • 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...

People

  • Alfred Buinicky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Alfred Buinicky was a bench worker in a machine shop in Claremont, New Hampshire when he enlisted in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot down 31 August 1943 in...

  • Martin Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • James Comer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    S/Sgt James Comer Jr was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 "Augerhead" # 42-29635 of 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield. Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470.

  • Walter Gasser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Walter Gasser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 31 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29635 'Augerhead'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Walter Hargrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 31 August 1943 in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead. ' Evaded.

  • Marion Ignaczewski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Marion Ignaczewski was an Engineer in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron. He flew missions on the William Monahan crew, but was not flying with his Pilot when Monahan's B-17 "Augerhead" #42-29635 was shot down on 31 August 1943. It is possible...

  • Ripley Joy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Ripley W. Joy was assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 358th Bomb Squadron. Starting as a Co-Pilot, he was upgraded to Pilot on 4 June 1943. After completing 25 missions with the 303rd, he was sent back to the US. He was assigned as a pilot in the 21st...

  • Frank Kimotek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Shot down 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229635 'Augerhead. ' Evaded.

  • William Maher

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Born in 1915 in New Hampshire, William Maher was working for the Manchester City Street Railway Company as a bus repairer in 1940. He enlisted in April 1942 and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot...

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Aircraft

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

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
14 November 2017 17:31:37 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
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Added connections to airmen's records

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 13:00:18 Emily Changes to caption and place associations
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FRE 4210

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:46:00 AAM AAM ingest
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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