Technical Sergeant Bernard H. Koenig of the 303rd Bomb Group, cleans his boots. Passed for publication 9 Apr 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'T/Sergt. Bernard H. Koenig, serving as a gunner with the U.S. Army Air Force in Britain, cleans some of England's mud from his shoes. Aged 20, Sergt. Koenig was formerly a student at Spencer, Nebr., his home town. His father, Mr. Adam L. Koenig, resides there. Sergt. Koenig has been on nine raids and holds the Air Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster. U.48. Not to be published before 20th April 1943.' On reverse: Current Affairs Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
B-17F Hell Cat (aka No Monkey Business) 41-24580 (VK-C) 358th BS, 303rd BG, 8AF USAAF.
Crew: [In no particular order]
1st Lt Oran T O'Connor (Pilot), 2nd Lt Eldon T Ruppe (CoPilot), 2nd Lt Bruce W Gordon (Nav),
2nd Lt Earl J Dumont, Jr. (Bomb), Capt Richard E Van Holdt (Group Weather Officer), T/Sgt Bernard H Koenig (Eng), Sgt Bernard A Gergash (Radio), Sgt Sidney V Hall (Gunner), Sgt Jesse R Kinney (Gunner), Sgt Frank L Batterson (Tail).
Evaded. . Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson who were killed.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action Le Mans 4/7/43 with Bob O'Connor, Bombardier: Rich Peterson (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Donovan Manifold, Navigator: Andy Halioris, Radio...