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Walter Gasser

Military

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Louis Benepe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW)...

  • Alfred Buinicky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Alfred Buinicky was a bench worker in a machine shop in Claremont, New Hampshire when he enlisted in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot down 31 August 1943 in...

  • James Comer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    S/Sgt James Comer Jr was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 "Augerhead" # 42-29635 of 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield. Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470.

  • Walter Hargrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Evaded capture (EVD). ...

  • Marion Ignaczewski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Marion Ignaczewski was an Engineer in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron. He flew missions on the William Monahan crew, but was not flying with his Pilot when Monahan's B-17 "Augerhead" #42-29635 was shot down on 31 August 1943. It is possible...

  • Ripley Joy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Ripley W. Joy was assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 358th Bomb Squadron. Starting as a Co-Pilot, he was upgraded to Pilot on 4 June 1943. After completing 25 missions with the 303rd, he was sent back to the US. He was assigned as a pilot in the 21st...

  • Frank Kimotek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck....

  • William Maher

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Born in 1915 in New Hampshire, William Maher was working for the Manchester City Street Railway Company as a bus repairer in 1940. He enlisted in April 1942 and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot...

  • David Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France....

  • William Monahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW)....

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 42-29635 Augerhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 26/3/43. 18 missions. Missing in Action on the mission to bomb the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France on 31 August 1943. Pilot: William J. Monahan; Co-pilot: Louis M....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lorain County, OH 23 February 1909

Son of Fred and Roe Gasser.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 16 March 1942
Based Molesworth July 1943 – 31 August 1943

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 31 August 1943 – April 1945

Interned at Stalag luft 3, Sagan/Zagan, Poland. NARA WWII POW records database : "returned to Military control : 5 July 1945".

Baled out POW Dieppe, France 31 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. POW MACR 470.

Discharged USAAF 23 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Ohio, United States 27 July 1981
Buried Evergreen Cemetery South Amherst, Lorain County, OH August 1981

Evergreen Cemetery
South Amherst,
Lorain County, OH

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2019 17:50:23 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38294275
https://www.fold3.com/record/35868287-walter-gasser
https://www.fold3.com/image/124222919?rec=124222960
https://www.fold3.com/record/620102029-walter-gasser-1909
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43553917/walter-gasser

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2015 16:00:10 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Connection with plaque photo

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2015 15:58:32 ED-BB Changes to surname, service number, biography, events, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Wrong spelling of last name. Should be GASSER.

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 17:30:24 Lucy May Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Combined with information from a second entry for Walter Qassor. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 470 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 470

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