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Arthur Brunnet

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events)

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24526 Leapin Liz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz". Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Bangor 19-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed off St Brevin, Bay of Biscay, France. 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)...

  • 41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24606 Werewolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42. ...

Missions

  • 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 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...

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 Portage, Pennsylvania
Mission #1 SGT Arthur Burnnet, w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24580, "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #2 SGT Arthur Burnnet, w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24580, "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #3 SGT Arthur Brunnet, w/B-17F 41-24580 - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24580, "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS Mission was to bomb the Carriage and Wagon Works at Lille, France but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission.

Mission #4 SGT Arthur Brunnet, w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24580, "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS Mission was to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but mechanical failures forced to Pilot to abort the mission.

Mission #5 Arthur Brunnet, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303G/358BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-boat pens at Lorient, France. (RTB OK).

Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters and crashed into the sea near the target. His remains have never been recovered.

Mission #6 SGT Arthur Brunnet w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the torpedo storage areas at St. Nazaire, France (KIA)

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:41:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Corrected typo in Mission #5 date.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:40:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015 Added A/C Model to Mission #5 & #6 events titles.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:37:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Unit to Mission #5 title.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 20:35:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-43. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf and made connections to AIrcraft and Missions.

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 20:50:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 7650; added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; added crew position and made minor edits to biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7650 / MACR 7650,Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 60 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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