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Roger W Milford

Military

15-Sep-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Date of arrival at Molesworth, UK could not be definitely determined appoximately 22-Oct-42. He flew as a substitute Aerial Gunner on several 303BG/427BS aircraft.

Shot down 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24607 'Jerry Jinx' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target of Lorient, France and crashed into the Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA)

Participated in 4 Operation (2 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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24517 Kali

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42 ...

  • 41-24607 Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • 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
Assigned to Unit Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 15 September 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.

Mission #1, SGT Roger W. Milford, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as a substitute Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #2, SGT Roger W. Milford, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as a substitute Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #3, SGT Roger W. Milford, w/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as a substitute Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target of Lorient, France and crashed into the sea. His remains have never been recovered.

Mission #4, SGT Roger W. Milford, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - KIA Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as a substitute Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry Jinx", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed into the Bay of Biscay. KIA.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:49:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:46:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:42:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:39:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:34:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG websitem, Gary Moncur, Historian, 303BG Personnel Roster; http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:30:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added inital assignment to Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 21:28:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15473; Added Role per 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian; Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15473 / MACR 15473, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 66 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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