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Marvin L Milam

Military

303BG website records do not indicate when he was assigned to the 303BG/360BS and they do not indicate that he was assigned to a regular crew. As is common with Aerial Gunners he may have been assigned to some type of ground duty and only flew missions as a substitute for a regularly assigned gunner on an aircraft.

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24620 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Participated in 3 Operations

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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

  • 41-24585 Wulfe-Hound

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24585 "Wulfe-Hound" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-B] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Rouen-Sotteville 12-Dec-42 sustained damage from enemy aircraft, force landed in a field in France. Was removed and repaired by the...

  • 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....

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

Missions

  • 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 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 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 Texas
Mission #1, SGT Marvin L. Milam, w/B-17F 41-24585, 303BG/360BS 6 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24585 "Wulf Hund", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Marvin L. Milam, w/B-17F 42-2963, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and enemy aircraft and crashed into the Forest of Escoublac, France west of St. Nazaire.

Mission #3, SGT Marvin L. Milam, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down and he was Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 1945

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, Plot N, Row 8, Grave 16.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:02:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Correcting typo in Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 23:37:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016 Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 23:34:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016 Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 23:30:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Correcting Mission #1 date typo.

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 23:28:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016 Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/090.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 23:23:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Edited Summary Biography with first paragraph; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gayr Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2015 22:09:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015.Added KIA event per MACT 15464; Added decoration and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added cew position to biography per MACR 15464.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15464 / MACR 15464, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61,

href="http://303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M">http://303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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