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Milton S Fonorow

Military

23-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo, New Mexico. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620.

Mission participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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. ...

  • 41-24620 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....

  • 42-2967 Shak Hak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 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.

  • 42-5483

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

  • 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 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 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 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 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

  • 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
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 23 June 1942

Assigned as Bombarider of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Bombardier aboard B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS

Mission #1, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #4, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Navigator on B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pns at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 41-24559. 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

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

Mission #9, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie, RTB OK.

Mission #10, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #11, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities an U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #12, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #13, 1LT Milton S. Fonorow, w/B-17F 42-29570 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 42-29570 "Big Time Operator II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 19:07:23 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:42:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016, Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:37:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016, Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:31:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016, Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:28:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016, Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:22:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016, Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:19:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016, Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 20:16:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Mar-2016, Made connections to Aircraft 41-24559, 42-5483, and 41-24570 and Missions of 6-Mar-43, 8-Mar-43, 12-Mar-43, 22-Mar-43, 28-Mar-43 and 31-Mar-43 pere 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 20:17:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016, Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 23:57:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016, Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 23:53:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:12:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-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
25 January 2016 19:10:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:08:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-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
25 January 2016 19:06:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-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
25 January 2016 19:02:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian; Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 19:00:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Assigned to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian; Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 18:56:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016, Added Initial assignement and arrival in UK infor to Summary Biography; made connections to Aircraft (through 3-Jan-43) and Missions (through 3-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian; Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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