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Rocco DeFilippis

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Rocco DeFilippis was Bombardier on board B-17 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

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  • Neldon Bishop

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Neldon Bishop was Ball Turret Gunner on board B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Prisoner Of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • Eugene Girman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Eugene Girman was Radio Operator on board B-17 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Immediately captured upon landing in parachute. Prisoner Of War (POW)....

  • Jack Hillary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Jack Hillary was Pilot of B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • George Paul

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    George Paul was Engineer on board B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • John Rice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt John Rice was Navigator on board B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • William Robertson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    William Robertson was Co-Pilot on board B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • Harry Sansum

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Harry Sansum was a Waist Gunner on board B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

  • James Watson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    James Watson was Tail Gunner on board B-17 # 42-97291 of 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Bomb Squadron. Lost on the 24 August 1944 mission to the Leuna refinery in Merseburg, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8212.

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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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

Missions

  • 568

    24 August 1944

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 Cleveland, Utah, USA
Killed In Action (KIA) Burgliebenau, Germany 24 August 1944

Died in the crash of 42-97291 near Burgliebenau, 5km northeast of Merseburg

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 14:43:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 8212 ;
- Roster

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2015 13:50:43 ED-BB Changes to surname, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 8212
Corrected last name : DeFilippis instead of DeFlilippis
And he was KIA not POW

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8212 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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