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Jacob Wayne Fredericks

Military

23-Jun-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of Captain. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620.

Kellogg's Kids, Snap Crackle Pop. He became an official with the Kellogg Company after the war. He worked in the State Dept in Wash. DC for many years . Also served with the Ford Foundation.

Mission Participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

DFC, Air Medals w 4 clstrs, Legion of Merit; OBE;Croix de Guerre.

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24570 Panhandle Doggie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie" Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR- ] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; damaged on first mission Abbeville 8-Nov-42 limped back to base, and became a Hangar Queen; Salvaged BD 27-Nov-42 10RTD. ...

  • 41-24620 Snap! Crackle! Pop!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24620 'Snap, Crackle, Pop' assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Bangor 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Escoublac Forest, West of St Nazaire, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15464....

  • 42-29570 Big Time Operator II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5-Jan-43; Gt Falls 31-Jan-43; Denver 2-Feb-43; Salina 11-Feb-43; to Marrakesh, via ATC 14-Mar-43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 21-Mar-43; transferred BAD 1 Burtonwood 22-May-43; 532BS/381BG [VE-D] Ridgewell 7-Sep-43; 6+m...

  • 42-2967 Shak Hak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • 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 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 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

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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
Born Wakarusa, Indiana 26 February 1917
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 23 June 1942

Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS

Mission #1, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but severe weather forced Wing Command to recall all formations. RTB OK.

Mission #8, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #9, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #10, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #11, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #12, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France, but mechanical failure forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #13, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #14, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5483 "Red Ass" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhlemshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #15, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #16, CPT Jacob W. Fredericks, w/B-17F 42-29570, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29570 "Big Time Operator II" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Died 18 August 2004

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 18:06:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:57:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:55:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:48:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:46:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:44:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:41:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:37:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 17:33:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Mar-2016. Made connections to Missions of 26-Feb-43, 27-feb-43, 5-Mar-43, 12-Mar-43, 22-Mar-43, 28-Mar-43 and 31-Mar-43 pere 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, 303BG Mission Reports fro dates listed: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 22:04:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 13-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 22:00:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2016 00:07:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016, Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2016 00:05:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016, Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2016 00:02:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Made connections to Aircraft 42-2973 & 42-2867 and missions 13-Jan-43 & 23-Jan-43, pere 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:37:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-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
25 January 2016 19:34:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:31:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:30:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:27:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian; Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:24:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Assigned to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian; Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:22:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Initial assignement and arrival in UK infor to Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 3-Jan-43) and Missions (through 3-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian; Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000

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