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Jonathan S Land

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Left Waist 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 4 Operations - 1 Abort (See Biography events)

Air Medal, Purple Heart

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)...

  • 41-24539 Jersey Bounce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Kellogg Fd 15/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; CCRC Bovingdon 27/7/43; 384BG Grafton Underwood 22/9/43; Salvaged NBD 31/5/45. JERSEY BOUNCE.

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 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 Fighter Command DIVERSION

    20 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for RAF 'Circus' 244. For definition of 'Circus' see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

  • 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 Penn Grove, New Jersey or New Castle, Delaware
Mission #1 SGT Jonathan S. Land w/B 1-7F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #3 SGT Jonathan S. Land w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, 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. Jis remains have never been recovered.

Mission #4 SGT Jonathan S. Land w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

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

Mission #2 SGT Jonathan S. Land w/B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS. Mission was to bomb the railroad yards at Rouen, France but mechanical filures forced the Pilot to abandon the mission. (RTB OK).

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 22:27:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015 Corrected typos on "Jonathan".

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 22:24:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Made connections to Aircraft and Missions and added Mission events #1 thru #4 per 303BG webiste Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 21:01:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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 18:16:55 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, WWII Memorial web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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