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Robert J McGuire

Military

Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Eldred Aubrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Stanley Backiel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30865. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wilbur Barnhill

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229955 'Mr. Five By Five'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Burns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 385BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters prior to the IP and crashed WSW of Dinant, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-97509 'Old Hickory'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2864 ...

  • Paul Campbell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30865. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Cassidy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30865. Prisoner of War (POW). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, PH w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Martin Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Dwight Curo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #423192 'City of Albuquerque. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Doty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-30865. Prisoner of War (POW). See more at : http://www.303rdbg.com/358campbell.html

  • Aubrey Emerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #4124562 'Sky Wolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

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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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24539 Jersey Bounce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Kellogg Fd 15/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; CCRC Bovingdon 27/7/43; 384BG Grafton Underwood 22/9/43; Salvaged NBD 31/5/45. JERSEY BOUNCE.

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 41-24635 The 8 Ball Mk II

    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...

  • 42-29524 'Meathound'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Morrison 2/12/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-D] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Molesworth 30/7/43; 25m Missing in Action Oschersleben 26/1/44 with Jack Watson (RTD-alone),...

  • 42-29635 Augerhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 26/3/43. 18 missions. Missing in Action on the mission to bomb the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France on 31 August 1943. Pilot: William J. Monahan; Co-pilot: Louis M....

  • 42-29791 'Little Jimmie' 'Memphis Blues'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Alconbury 19/4/43 LITTLE JIMMIE; ...

  • 42-30865

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 18/10/43; 9m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Paul Campbell, Co-pilot: John Doty, Navigator: John Nothstein wia - later repatriated, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37927

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/10/43; Gr Island 27/10/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-P] Molesworth 18/11/43; 11m Missing in Action Wilhehemshafen 3/2/44 with Capt Gerald White, Co-pilot: Walt Newson, Navigator: Erwin Kruse, Bombardier: Warren Stafford, Flight...

  • 42-5360 Old Faithful, War Bride

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/11/42; New Castle 13/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-N] 8/1/43; Missing in Action [35m] Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Schwaebe, Co-pilot: Harry Dumse, Navigator: Paul Degnan, Bombardier: Wilburn Wiley, Flight engineer...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

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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 Ohio, USA 1913
Lived in Cuyahoga County, OH, USA April 1942
Enlisted Cleveland, OH, USA 29 April 1942
Based Molesworth 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2019 19:31:13 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/88814279-robert-j-mcguire

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2017 10:01:17 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

NARA enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2016 18:16:05 Mags Changes to surname
Sources

McGuire Family

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2016 12:48:18 Mags Changes to mission associations
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303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 21:25:16 Mags Changes to aircraft associations
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303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 20:50:20 Mags Changes to place associations
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303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 20:17:41 Mags Changes to person associations
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303rd BG Web page

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 20:13:06 Mags Changes to person associations
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303rd BG web page

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 20:04:25 Mags Changes to person associations
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Connections based on 303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M

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