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Keith O Bartlett

Military

12-Mar-42 Assigned to 303BG/360BS in B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" as 2LT and Co-Pilot. Gowen Field (Boise), Idaho.

12-Jun-42 Unit sent to Alamogordo, New Mexico for Advanced Flight Training. On 24-Jul-42 he was a 1LT and assigned as Co-Pilot with 41-24620 "Snap Crackle Pop", 303BG/360BS. It does not appear from 303BG records that he was permanently assigned to this aircraft, but may have only completed Advanced Flight Training with this crew.

Participated in 17 Operations (3 were aborted). See Biography events.

Killed on Mission (KOM) on 31-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24599 'Ooold Soljer', 303BG/360BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 42-29573 'Two Beauts', 303BG/359BS during assembly for a mission to bomb the port facilities at Rotterdam, Holland. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes collided over Wellingborough, UK and crashed at Mears Ashby. The 303rd Bomb Group website reports a memorial to the two crews is at Mears Ashby, UK.

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters

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. ...

  • 41-24579 Thumper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] 17-Feb-42 Gowen Field, Idaho; Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Aircraft damaged by AA fire and enemy fighters on mission to Lorient, France on 23-Jan-43. 11 man crew. Belly-landed at...

  • 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....

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 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...

  • 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 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • 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 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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 42

    12 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France is the primary target for 72 B-17s. 91BG (18); 303BG (18) ; 305BG (17) and 306BG (19). Of this formation, 63 are effective on the target. There are no aircraft losses or claims on enemy...

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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 Michigan
Assigned to Unit Boise, ID, USA 12 March 1942

Assigned to 303BG on 12-Mar-42, Gowen Field, Idaho as 2LT Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" 303BG/360BS

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

Assigned to B-17F 41-24620 "Snap Crackle Pop", 303BG/360BS as Co-Pilot during Advanced Fight Training at Alamogordo, New Mexico

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK in October 1942, but records do not indicate that he was at that time assigned to any 303BG aircraft but part of the roster of 360th Bomb Squadron.

Mission #1, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Flew as an Observer on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24579 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/41-24559 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 1LT Keith O Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Flew as an Observer on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #9, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559 303BG/360BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Hamm, Germany. Mission aborted due to weather and cloud cover. RTB OK.

Mission #10, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Flew as an Observer on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" 303BG/360BS to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #11, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS to bomb the industrial areas of Hamm, Germany. Severe weather forced the Wing Command to recall the entire 303BG formation. RTB OK.

Mission #12, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #13, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Mission #14, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

Flew as Observer on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France. RTB OK.

Promoted to Pilot 21 March 1943

Promoted to Pilot, assigned to B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #15, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Flew his first mission as a Pilot on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port areas of Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #16, 1LT Keith O. Bartlett w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railorad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Mission #17, Keith O. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS, Killed on Mission (KOM) Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Wilton Shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland, but the aircraft sustained a mid air collision during assembly and he was killed.

Killed on Mission (KOM) Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK 31 March 1943

Killed when B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soldier" 303BG/360BS sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 42-29573, "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS over Wellingborough, UK.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery, Plot E, Row 2, Grave 20.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:04:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Edited title of Mission #17 event.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 19:57:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Made connection to Cambridge American Cemetery.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 18:46:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Correcting Mission #11 abort cause: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 00:21:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-2016. Added Missions particiaptions statement to Summary Biography form existing AAM website data.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 00:16:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-2016. Corrected mission numbering and added target details to mission event notes per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian. http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2016 23:50:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-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
01 February 2016 23:47:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2016 23:42:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-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
01 February 2016 23:37:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-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
23 July 2015 18:19:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 28-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf, KOM event http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf. Completed final edits to Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 18:10:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Promotion to Pilot event and Mission #12 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 22-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 18:03:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 13-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 17:59:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 17:37:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 27-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 17:19:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website Mission Reprot of 14-Feb-43, Gray Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 16:57:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jul-2015. Added Mission # 7 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 4-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 01:34:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015. Completed Mission Connections based on 303BG records of 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 01:25:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 2-Feb-43, Gray Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 01:11:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015 Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 27-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 01:03:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 2-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 00:51:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015 Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 13-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 00:45:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015 Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 00:30:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-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
23 July 2015 00:13:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015. Arranged chronology prior to arrival in UK per 303BG records: ref 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 23:44:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Jul-2015. Added Assigned to Unit and Assigned to aircraft per 303rd Bomb Group records on their website, Gary Moncur, Historian http://www.303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html#B

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 22:12:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jul-2015. Added Decoration and Burial event per American Battle Monumnets Commission (ABMC) records; Corrected SN pere 303BG records; Made connections to Place and Aircraft within existing website data; Made connections to Missions based on 303BG Mission Reports connected to 41-24559 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian; Edited Description with A/C model and unit associations and added crew position per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stqan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd \web site

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