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Robert John Nolan

Military

15-Sep-42 Assigned as Pilot, with crew, to B-17F 41-24539 [VK-K] "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan. 10-Oct-42 moved with aircraft and crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for deployment ovreseas. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Jersey Bounce".

Was appointed 303BG/358BS Adjutant on 5-Jan-43. 25 mission combat tour with 303BG completed on 11-Jun-43 - three as a Lead Crew Pilot.

28-Feb-45 promoted from Major to Lieutanant Colonel. May 1945 - Became Commanding Officer 338th BS, 96th BG(H) Snetterton Heath, Air Executive 96th BG & Commanding Officer replacing COL Warren. Number of combat missions flown with the 96th BG(H) is unknown.

Mission Participations - 303BG 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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron
  • 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.

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 41-24606 Werewolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 42-29573 Two Beauts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29573 [VK-H] "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS was delivered at Denver 6-Jan-43; Salina 12-Jan-43; Morrison 12-Feb-43; Homestead 15-Feb-43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 6-Mar-43 ...

  • 42-29664

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 21/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Capt Merle Hungerford, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow Monkres,...

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 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 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

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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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Trenton, NJ, USA 9 January 1918
Assigned to Aircraft Battle Creek, MI, USA 15 September 1942

Assigned as Pilot, with crew, to B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Station Transfer Bangor, ME, USA 10 October 1942

Transferred with B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for deployment to the UK.

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B

Mission #1, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marsahlling yeards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #9, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #10, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat construction yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #11, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #12, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Mission #13, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #14, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24539, 303BG/358BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24539 "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #15, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 41-24558, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #16, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Mission #17, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat construction yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #18, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #19, 1LT Robert J. Nolen, w/B-17F 42-29664, 303BG/358BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29664 "Jersey Bounce, Jr.", 303BG/358B on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Died 23 February 1972

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:27:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #19 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:24:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #18 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:22:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #17 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:17:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:14:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:11:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:06:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:03:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/019.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 22:01:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:59:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:56:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:54:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:51:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:48:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:44:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 21:41:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 19:28:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 19:23:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 19:20:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-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
11 March 2016 19:17:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Robert J. Nolan crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-nolan.html

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 19:12:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Station Transfer event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Robert J. Nolan crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-nolan.html

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 19:08:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Robert J. Nolan crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-nolan.html

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 19:05:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Made connections to Places (Molesworht and Snetteron Heath) , Aircraft (through 31-Mar-43), Missions from 17-Nov-42 to 31-Mar-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Robert J. Noland crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-nolan.html

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 18:55:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Born & Died events consolidated from the original injest of the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Wall of Valor, http://www.303rdbg.com/358nolan.html. Added initial assignment adn airrval in UK info and 303BG Mission Participations statement to Summary Biography. Also added paragraphs on Adjutant appointment and 25-Misson tour and promotion to LTC and 96BG Air Exec and CO. All inormation from 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Robert J. Nolen crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-nolan.html

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 18:22:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, unit associations and place associations
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Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016 Added initial assignment and arrival in UK statement to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Robert J. Nolan crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-nolan.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Snetterton Falcons, pg 233, 257 (w/photo)

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