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Ben W Bragg

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

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  • Noel Shoup

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-5306

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/11/42; New Castle 9/12/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-P] Thurleigh 1/1/43; in taxi accident at base with Warren Grey 27/6/43; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 25/9/43; Missing in Action Pas De Calais 28/2/44 with Noel Shoup,...

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 Nueces County, TX 1922

Enlistment record shows 1855, but he would have been 84yrs old when he enlisted in 1939 !!

Enlisted Corpus Christi, TX 7 March 1939

Corpus Christi, Texas

Lived in Springfield, IL 1942

Husband of ??

Based Molesworth November 1943 – 28 February 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Abbeville, France 28 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863

Buried Abbeville WWI cemetery 3 March 1944

Interred
Abbeville WWI cemetery

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot B Row 22 Grave 35

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2019 17:41:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/83177881-ben-w-bragg
https://www.fold3.com/record/529906927-ben-w-bragg
https://www.fold3.com/image/28743291?terms=42-5306
https://www.fold3.com/image/28742996?terms=6288092
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952999?rec=300718046
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56426143/ben-w-bragg

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2863, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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