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Jack D Snell


Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Rhude Mathis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Was brother to Jack W. Mathis, the Medal of Honor recipient with the same group. Mark joined up with the 303rd at his brother's...

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  • 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


  • 42-5243 FDR's Potato Peeler Kids

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Wendover 5/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 29/1/43; Missing in Action Kiel 14/5/43 with Capt Ross Bales, Co-pilot: Walt Dooley, Navigator: Dan McColl, Bombardier: Rhude Mathis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action 14 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 22:21:27 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2015 16:00:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
MACR 15593 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 14:46:21 jrugman Changes to role, biography and aircraft associations

Information transferred from a duplicate profile.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15593, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 118 by Bishop & Hey, WW II National Memorial