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Richard H Cole

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions.

Service

People

  • James Angeloff

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Keith Estes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Hammond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Herrmann

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    26 missions completed. Seventeen missions with 1Lt. richeson. Often flew on Richeson's crew. Nine missions with other crews. Served as deputy lead navigator and lead navigator.

  • Paul Hogan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Mainwaring

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herman Scheibman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Tognetti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24625

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Geiger 1/9/42; Minneapolis 17/11/42; Boise 20/12/42; Biggs 31/1/43; Geiger 17/3/43; with Joe Kramp force landed Stewart Fd, West Point, NY 25/7/43; Written off 15/10/43.

  • 41-24635 (The 8 BALL MK II). EIGHT BALL

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slighly damaged...

  • 42-31574

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Great Falls 24/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Fort Wayne 25/12/43; Wilmington 27/12/43; Presque Is 29/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 13/1/44; transferred 327BS/92BG Podington; Missing in Action Merzhausen 24/12/44,...

  • 42-39875

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/9/43; Gr Island 26/10/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-N] Molesworth 14/1/44, 427BS [GN-N]; battle damaged Cologne 10/1/45 with Grafton Smith, Melvin Alderman, D.L. Massingill, George Parker, Ray Miller, Albt Dussliere, Melvin...

  • 42-97058 Scorchy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    1st B-17G-40-BO ...

  • 42-97291 "Myasis Dragon"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 17/4/44; no ops, transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 18/4/44; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-W] Molesworth as GH Pathfinder 21/5/44; Missing in Action...

  • 42-97557 "Mercy's Madhouse"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/12/43; 1SAG Langley 12/1/44; Mitchell 15/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 5/2/44; transferred 422NLS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 20/3/44; 544BS/384BG [SU-X] Grafton Underwood 4/8/44; 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 8/44; landing...

  • 42-97592

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/12/43; 1SAG Langley 13/1/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-Y] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44, 547BS [SO-Y]; transferred (H2X) 457BG Glatton 9/5/45; 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Chelveston 23/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 3/4/46.

  • 42-97781 'Eight Ball III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Denver 3/3/44; Gr Island 312/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] Molesworth 12/5/44; Missing in Action Sterkrade, Ger 2/11/44 with Jack Davis, Don Kohlstedt, Vernon Hellesvig, Nino Guiciardi, Dave Bloom, Rex...

  • 44-8038

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/5/44; Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 3/7/44; Grenier 1/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG Bassingbourn 2/8/44; transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-Z] Molesworth 10/44; landing accident with Wallace Wildstein 27/3/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46.

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Missions

  • 448

    30 June 1944

  • 460

    8 July 1944

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 811

    29 January 1945

  • 8th Air Force 931

    7 April 1945
    1,200 Heavies Hit Reich After 1-Day Nazi Air Bid ...

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
Based Molesworth November 1943 – 11 April 1945

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

deceased

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 20:04:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/161280289/?terms=44-8137
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/209.pdf
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/195.pdf
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/199.pdf
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/354.pdf
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/309.pdf
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/214.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 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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