"Lt. Kruse and crew of the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 20 July 1943."
Rear L-R: 2Lt Calder L Wise, 1Lt John W Hendry, 1Lt Richard L Kruse, 1Lt Bernard T McNamara, 2Lt Richard E. Webster.
Front L-R: S/Sgt John C Arasin, S/Sgt John J Doherty, T/Sgt James J Brown, S/Sgt Olwin L Humphries, S/Sgt Howard L. Abney, T/Sgt Loran C Biddle.
Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW).
Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.
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
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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
Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-O] Cheyenne 13/9/42; Thurleigh 23/1/43; transferred 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-G] 25/9/43; 4m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with John Hendry, Navigator: Bernie McNamara, Bombardier: Dick Webster Wounded in Action, Flight...
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...
||Hampden County, MA
||8 May 1919
||16 January 1941
||1943 – 20 October 1943
Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
|Baled out POW
||20 October 1943
Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 41-24629. Prisoner of War (POW).
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||20 October 1943 – May 1945
Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 3b.
||17 July 1993
||Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA
Massachusetts National Cemetery
Barnstable County, MA