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Richard D Callaway

Military

Available 303BG indicate that MAJ Callaway was a Senior Pilot and was assigned to an aircraft and with crew on 26-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, as a passenger aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS. It is possible that he was 360BS Commanding Officer and as such did not have a regular aircraft assignment.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24602 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24602 was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; On the 29-May-43 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and then attacked and shot down by fighters...

  • 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....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • 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 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...

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as a Passenger aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, MAJ Richard D. Callaway, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Command Pilot 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, MAJ Richard D. Callaway, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljor", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission#3, MAJ Richard D. Callaway, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romiilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission#4, MAJ Richard D. Callaway, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:30:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Arrival in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:28:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added arrival in UK info to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 22:45:20 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 22:42:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 22:39:09 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 22:36:31 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 22:32:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2016. Added Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, 303BG personnel record: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:28 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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