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Samuel H Anderson

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17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission tour on 15-May-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

People

  • Clemens Wurzbach

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Enlisted in the Air Corps long before the war and graduated as a Pilot from the Kelly Field Flying School, earning his 2nd Lieutenant wings in 1939. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant and ultimately to Major in the 303rd Bomb Group. Flew on many missions, some...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 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) ...

  • 41-24579 Thumper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] 17-Feb-42 Gowen Field, Idaho; Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Aircraft damaged by AA fire and enemy fighters on mission to Lorient, France on 23-Jan-43. 11 man crew. Belly-landed at...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

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

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

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 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • 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 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 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...

  • 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 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 17 February 1942

Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 42-24579 "Thumper", 303BG.360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as the Navigator aboard B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Lead Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24562, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Lead Group Navigator on B-17F 41-24562 "Sky Wolf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Promotion in Rank Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1 January 1943

Effective 1-Jan-43 promoted in rank to 1st Lieutenant.

Mission #6, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Five Locomotive Works at Lille, France.

Mission #8, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #9, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #10, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severe weather forced Wing Command to recall the entire 303G formation.

Mission #11, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #12, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Served as an Observer on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Mission #13, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #14, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #15, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #16, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #17, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #17, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-29570, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 42-29570 "Big Time Operator II" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 22:17:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #18 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 22:14:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #17 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 22:12:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 22:08:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 22:03:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-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
03 March 2016 22:00:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-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
03 March 2016 21:57:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-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
25 February 2016 18:11:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 18:08:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 14-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 17:36:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Made connections to missions of 14-Feb-43, 16-Feb-43 and 4-Mar-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian. http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 22:50:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 22:42:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 22:38:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 22:31:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Renumbered Mission #5 to #$7 and added new Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20- Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 22:25:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Made connections to all Units (BS), Aircraft and Missions (through 27-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian; John A Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html. That crew page indicated that he flew a mission (303BG #6) on 12-Dec-42 BUT the Mission Report for that date does not indicate he flew that mission. May have been confuced with William Anderson of 358BG.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:56:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-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
02 February 2016 19:51:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Promotion event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:49:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:46:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:44:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:40:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-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
02 February 2016 19:33:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:31:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Assigend to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 19:29:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added initial Assignment and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography as well as combat tour infor; made connections to Place, AIrcraft (through 23-Jan-43) and Missions (through 13-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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