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Paul E Henderson

Military

13-Jun-42 Assigned as and Aerial Gunner of B-17F 42-5434 [PU-J] "Lady Luck" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The date of his arrival at Molesworth, UK nor the aircraft on which he arrived there could not be determined from 303BG records. His first combat mission was as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS on 26-Feb-43 but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 42-5382 "The Witche's Tit"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/11/42; Berry 31/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-E] Molesworth 25/2/43; 15 x missions; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is, Holl. 25/6/43 with Dave Mack, Co-pilot: Ragnar Barhuag, Navigator: Roland Smith, Bombardier:...

  • 42-5393 'Just For Laughs' aka 'Little Woman' aka 'Thumper Again'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43;...

  • 42-5434 "BOB’S BOUDOIR", Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

  • 42-5723

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-5-VE 42-5723 [PU:D] was delivered Long Beach 30-Sep-42; Tulsa 4-Oct-42; Wayne 5-Nov-42; Salina 27-Nov-42; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] at Molesworth, UK 13-Feb-43; battle damaged over Vegasak on 18-Mar-43 crash landed with wheels up in field four...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • 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 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

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 13 June 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 42-5432 "Lady Luck", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Mission #1, SGT Paul E. Henderson, w/B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie, RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Paul E. Henderson, w/B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SGT Paul E. Henderson, w/B-17F 42-5382, 303BG/360BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5382 "Witch's Tit", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Paul E. Henderson, w/B-17F 42-5382, 303BG/360BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5393 "Thumper Again", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Gremany. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SGT Paul E. Henderson, w/B-17F 42-5434, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5434 "Lady Luck", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railraod marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SGT Paul E. Henderson, w/B-17F 42-5434, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5434 "Lady Luck", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 18:45:07 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 23:25:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-43. Made connections to AIrcraft 42-5382, 42-5393, 42-5434 and Missions of 13-Mar-43, 18-Mar-43, 28-Mar-43 and 31-Mar-43 per 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian. Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 23:22:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 23:20:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 23:17:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 23:14:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 23:16:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 23:11:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 22:59:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Loyd D. Griffin crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/360griffin.html

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 22:56:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to surname, service number, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2016. Added inital assignment info to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 12-Mar-43) and Missions (through 12-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Loyd D. Griffin crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/360griffin.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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