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Roy W Christianson

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10-Jul-42 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo, Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-41 Arrived ar Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me"

Killed in Action (KIA) 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24567 'Beats Me', 303BG/360BS while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was struck by bomb dropped from above while attacking the port area of Lorient, France and crashed into the woods of Bois de Queronic near Pluvinger, France.

Particiapted in 6 Operations (2 were aborted) See Biography events.

His medals, lost after a death in the family, were returned to the Christianson family on 9 November, 2014. See more at : http://purpleheartsreunited.org/heart/2lt-roy-w-christianson/

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24602 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24602 was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; On the 29-May-43 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and then attacked and shot down by fighters...

Missions

  • 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 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG 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 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
Born Upham, ND 58789, USA 14 October 1916
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 10 July 1942

Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Co-Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, 2LT Roy W. Christianson, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT Roy W. Christianson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 2LT Roy W. Christianson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 2LT Roy W. Christianson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 2LT Roy W. Christianson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

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

Killed when aircraft was struck by a bomb dropped from above and crashed into the woods of Bois de Queronic near Pluvinger, France

Mission #6, 2LT Roy W. Christianson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - KIA Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was struck by bomb form above and crashed. He was killed. KIA.

Buried Rock Island, IL, USA 1945

The remains of all 7 of the KIA crew members were recovered from their burial locations near the crash site and repatriated after the war for Group Burial at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, Plot D-306B.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:25:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:22:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:20:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:15:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:13:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:09:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:04:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Louis M. Schulstad crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-schulstad.html

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:03:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Louis M. Schulstad crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-schulstad.html

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 21:01:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment and arrivial in UK info to Summary Biography.; Made connections to Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Louis M. Schulstad crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-schulstad.html

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 09:57:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, awards, events and media associations
Sources

Addition of medal information and image courtesy of Zachariah Fike at http://purpleheartsreunited.org
Birth details added from http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 19:51:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA description Burial description and Biography narrative per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, also reference MACR 15571.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15571 / MACR 15571, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 65 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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