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Jack Belk

Military

1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK. He may have been assigned to some type of ground duty and only flew as a substitute for other gunners on various B-17s of 427BS.

Mission Participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

People

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 41-24587

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; Missing in Action {45m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George McClellan, Co-pilot: Bill Fisher{ex B-26 pilot on his 1st mission}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Tempesta, Radio...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Temple, TX, USA 1941
Assigned to Unit Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Mission #1, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Rommilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #8, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 19:33:59 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 15:37:01 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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Key Image ID from FRE 997.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 14:18:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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Key Image ID from FRE 997.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:39:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:36:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:32:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Made connections to 41-24610 and 42-2966 and Missions of 27-Jan-43 and 4 Feb-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:54:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:52:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:49:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:47:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:44:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:41:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:37:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, 303BG personnel roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 23:35:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Jan-2016. Added Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43), Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, 303BG personnel roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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