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Bernard Jurosek

Military

25-May-42 Assigned to 303BG/437BS as an Aerial Gunner at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 303BG records do not indicate that he was permanently assigned to a crew at that time, but he trained with crews at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico and at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK, but thought to be during October 1942.

He flew as a replacement gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on 4 Operations (1 was aborted). Records indicate that he was permanently assigned to B-17F 41-24584 [GN-Q] 303BG/427BS on 3-Feb-43 and flew 22 missions with that crew. He completed a 28-Mission tour on 26-Jun-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24607 Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the...

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 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 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...

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 Boise, ID, USA 25 May 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Records do not indicate he was permanently assigned to an aircraft and crew at this time.

Mission #1, SGT Bernard Jurosek, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Bernard Jurosek, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SGT Bernard Jurosek, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Bernard Jurosek, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Bernard Jurosek, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but severe cold and weather forced Wing Command to recall the formation. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 18:47:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:16:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:14:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-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
18 February 2016 21:11:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:09:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:04:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Edward J. Broussard crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-broussard.html

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:01:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Summary Biography and made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43) and Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Edward J. Broussard crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-broussard.html

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-hij.html#H

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