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Jesse H Elliott

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24-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24561 [BN-T] "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "the Dutchess".

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 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. ...

  • 41-24561 The Duchess

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 41-24609 Holy Mackerel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24609 'Holy Mackerel' assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Bangor 3-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. On 23-Nov-43 the aircraft flown by Maj. George L. Robinson was the lead aircraft of the 303BG formation in the attack on the U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire,...

  • 41-24635 The 8 Ball Mk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slightly damaged...

  • 42-5177

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 1/2/43; battle damaged Bremen 28/11/43 with Harry Bolsover, Co-pilot: Chas Rice, Navigator: Byron Clark, Bombardier: Chas McLain, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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 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 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • 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 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 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 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...

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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
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 24 June 1942

Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS at Alamgordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS

Mission #1, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France, but mechnical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 42-5177, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 42-5177 "Fast Worker MK II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #9, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24609, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #10, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24605, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24605 "Knockout Dropper", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechnical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK

Mission #11, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24635, 303BG/359BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball MK II"", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK>

Mission #12, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24605, 303BG/359BS Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24605 "Knockout Dropper", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #13, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #14, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany RTB OK.

Promotion in Rank Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1 March 1943

Promoted in rank to 1st Lieutanant.

Mission #15, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #16, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24605, 303BG/359BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24605 "Knockout Dropper", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #18, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24561, 303BG/359BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #17, 2LT Jesse H. Elliott, w/B-17 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France

Served as a substitute Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 04:20:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:34:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #18 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:31:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #17 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:28:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:26:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:23:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Promoted in Rank event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:21:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:19:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:16:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:11:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:08:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 21:03:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:58:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:55:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:53:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:51:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:48:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:46:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:45:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:43:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-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
05 March 2016 20:42:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-May-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
05 March 2016 20:32:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Mar-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG/website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harold L. Stouse crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-stouse.html

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:31:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG/website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harlod L. Stouse crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-stouse.html

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:29:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Mar-2016. Added initial assignment and airrival in UK info to Summary Biography per 303BG/website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harlod L. Stouse crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-stouse.html

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 20:22:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Mar-2016. Made connections to Units, Place, AIrcraft (trhough 31-Mar-43) and Missions (through 31-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Harold L. Strouse crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-stouse.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:13 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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