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Robert L Mays

Military

Bailed out of B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft went into a flat spin near Fontainebleau, France and crashed. He evaded capture. Flew 2 Operations (see Biography events). First pilot to escape Occupied Europe.

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

  • 41-24582 One O'Clock Jump

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump', assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Despatched 12-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but weather prevented bombing of that target and the...

Missions

  • 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...

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 Robert L. Mays, 2/41-24582, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of 41-24582 "One O'Clock Jump", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK)

Evaded Capture Fontainebleau, France 12 December 1942 – 14 January 1943

Baled out of B-17 41-24582 near Fontainebleau, France and managed to evade capture. He returned to England on 14-Jan-1943. His evasion account may be seen at: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-06.pdf

Mission #2 2LT Robert L. Mays, w/41-24582, 303BG/358BS EVD Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as C-Pilot of 41-24582 "One O'Clock Jump", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. EVD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2019 18:53:41 Lee Mays Changes to nickname and biography
Sources

Lee Mays

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 22:40:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015 Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gray Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 22:35:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 21:51:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16031; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report #6, http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-06.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16031, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 53

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