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Paul Bouton Jr

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Co-Pilot. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA) Participated in 4 Operations - 1 Abort (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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24526 Leapin Liz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz". Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Bangor 19-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed off St Brevin, Bay of Biscay, France. 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • 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 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together 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
Born Virginia, USA 1916
Lived in Lakeland, Florida 1941
Enlisted MacDill Air Force Base Auxiliary Field (AGR), Avon Park, FL 33825, USA 5 November 1941
Mission #1 2LT Paul Bouton, Jr. w/ B-17F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F-41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #2 2LT Paul Bouton, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24536, 303BG/359BS Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F-41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS Misson was to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort. (RTB OK)

Mission #3 2LT Paul Bouton, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24536, 303BG/359BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F-41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS. Mission was to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur Seine, Fracne. (RTB OK)

Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed into the sea near the target. His remains have never been recovered. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) has no record that his name appears on any Wall of the Missing in any American Cemetery in Europe.

Mission #3 2LT Paul Bouton, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24536, 303BG/359BS KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F-41-24526 "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the torpedao strorage areas at St. Nazaire, France. (KIA)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 00:27:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Aug-2015. Added Mission events #1 thru #4 per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/ Made connections to missions within exiasting website data.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 15:26:24 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Removed 'Lived in' Event for 'Orleans, CA' after checking the MACR and finding no mention of the place in connection with Paul Bouton.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 15:14:56 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Combined two entries for this airman. Now included information from the following sources:
MACR 7650 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Enlistment record: http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=2&cat=all&tf=F...

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 20:18:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 7650; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; added crew position and made minor edits to biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7650, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 60 with name spelled 'Bowton'

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