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Joseph E Haas

Military

1LT Joseph E. Haas was assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24558 [VJ:F] "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on 10-Sep-42 at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan. He arrived with the aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42. He flew B-17F 41-24558 on 6 Operations - 1 Aborted. On 23-Jan-43 he was assigned to fly B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS, his seventh operation, and was Killed in Action (KIA). (See Biography events).

23 January 1943 - Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me" while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was struck by a bomb dropped from above and crashed into the woods at Bois de Queronic, near Pluvinger, France.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group "Hell's Angels"

    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
  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

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 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 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 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...

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 Unit Battle Creek, MI, USA 10 September 1942

Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Arrived at Station Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK with B-17F 42-44558 " Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS.

Mission #1 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Pilot in B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the mission (RTB OK).

Mission #2 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B17-F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS 18 November 1942

Served as Pilot in B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK).

Mission #3 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Pilot in B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK).

Mission #4 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot in B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. MAJ Clemens K. Wurzbach, Commanding Officer, 358BS was the Command Pilot (RTB OK)

Mission #5 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Pilot in B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France (RTB OK).

Mission #6 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Pilot in B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Fives Company Locomotive Works at Lille, France (RTB OK).

Killed in Action (KIA) Pluvigner, France 23 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was struck by a bomb dropped from above and crashed into the woods at Bois de Queronic, near Pluvinger, France.

Mission #7 1LT Joseph E. Haas w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS KIA Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port areas of Lorient, France. Aircraft was struck by bomb from above and crashed. He was Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried Rock Island, IL, USA 1945

The remains of all 7 of the KIA crew members were recovered from their burial locations near the crashed site and were repatriated after the war for a Group Burial at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 18:42:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Corrected last mission nuber to #7 and added burial location per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 00:49:32 jmchristel Changes to aircraft associations
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added aircraft connection

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02 December 2015 20:02:18 jmchristel Changes to awards
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corrected awards

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02 December 2015 20:01:56 jmchristel Changes to awards
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removed one award

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02 December 2015 18:23:58 jmchristel Changes to awards
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added one additional award

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02 December 2015 18:20:17 jmchristel Changes to awards
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Together We Served profile

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:13:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:07:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 13-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:02:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 20-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 21:00:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 20:55:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 20:51:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission 32 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 18-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 20:44:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 17-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2015 20:35:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to nickname, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Operation participation information to Summary Biography per 3O3BG website crew page of 1LT Joseph E. Hass, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-haas.html; Added Assigned to Unit and Arrived at Station events per: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-haas.html.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 19:40:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA description Burial description and Biography narrative per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, also reference MACR 15571.

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 19:33:12 Jenny Changes to nickname and media associations
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Info from RFC caption

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:13 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15571 / MACR 15571,Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 65 , Roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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