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Bruce W Gordon

Military

On 3 Jan 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 'Hellcat Agnes' while serving as Navigator the aircraft was downed by fighters near Brest, France while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. He parachuted to safety and managed to evade capture, returning to England on 14-Mar-43. He participated in 5 Operations - 1 Aborted (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

  • 41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events) ...

Missions

  • 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 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • 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 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

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
Mission #1 2LT Bruce W. Gordon w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG 358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #2 2LT Bruce W. Gordon w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG 358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #3 2LT Bruce W. Gordon w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG 358BS on a mission to bomb the carraige and wagon works at Lille, France but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission. (RTB OK)

Mission #4 2LT Bruce W. Gordon w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG 358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. (RTB OK)

Evaded Capture Brest, France 23 January 1943 – 14 March 1943

The aircraft was downed by fighters but 2LT Bruce W. Gordon was able to parachute to safety and managed to evade capture returning to England on 14-Mar-43. His evasion is documented on Escape & Evasion Report #21 which may be viewed at: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-21.pdf

Mission #5 2LT Bruce W. Gordon w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS EVD Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG 358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was shot down by fighters.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:25:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:19:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:14:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Leee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, HIstorian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:09:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG webiste Mission Report of 22-Nao-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:05:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 18-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:01:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Operation participation to Biography and made connections to all Missions per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 19:13:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jan-2015. Added detail to Evaded Capture event per http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-21.pdf

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 19:08:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jan-2015. Added Evaded Capture event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Esacape & Evasion Report #22; http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-22.pdf. Also reference 303rd Bomb Group website: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oconnor.html for name, crew position, etc; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited descritpion per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, 3Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 65-66, MACR 15473, Roster

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