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Walter E Dooley

Military

Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17F 42-5243 "FDR's Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS. Battle damaged aircraft crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).MACR 15593

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Service

People

  • Rhude Mathis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #425243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Was brother to Jack W. Mathis, the Medal of Honor winner with the same group. Mark joined up with the 303rd at his brother's...

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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

  • 41-24565 The Ramblin' Wreck, IDAHO POTATO PEELER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Bangor 9/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; force landed RAF Chipping Warden 23/1/43 with Ross Bates, 10RTD; Missing in Action 28m Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Frank Hall, Navigator: Jim Berger, Bombardier:...

  • 41-24566 Zombie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24566 'Zombie' [BN-W] was assigned 303BG/359BS [BN-W] at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico on 23-Jun-42. Stationed at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan until 3-Oct-42 when it went to Bangor, Maine for deployment to England.; Molesworth 25-Oct...

  • 41-24609 Holy Mackerel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24609 'Holy Mackerel' assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Bangor 3-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. On 23-Nov-43 the aircraft flown by Maj. George L. Robinson was the lead aircraft of the 303BG formation in the attack on the U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire,...

  • 42-5243 FDR's Potato Peeler Kids

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Wendover 5/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 29/1/43; Missing in Action Kiel 4/5/43 with Capt Ross Bales, Co-pilot: Walt Dooley, Navigator: Dan McColl, Bombardier: Rhude Mathis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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 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 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 Fighter Command PATROL

    27 January 1943
    4th Figther Group despatches 7 Spitfires on fighter patrols over the English Coast.

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

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 Knox County, Tennessee 4 November 1920
Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS at Molesworth, UK

Mission #1 2LT Walter E. Dooley w/B-17F 41-24566 Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Baot pens at Lorient, France, RTB OK.

Mission #2 2LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 41-24565, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24565 "Idaho Potato Peeler", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France but mechanical failures fored the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #3 2LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 41-24565, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24565 "Idaho Potato Peeler", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4 2LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 41-24565, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24565 "Idaho Potato Peeler", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5 2LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #6 2LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 42-5423, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-5423 "FDR's Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechancial failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Promotion in Rank Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 10 February 1943

Promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant.

Mission #7 1LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 42-5423, 303BG/359BS - Recalled Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-5423 "FDR's Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severe cold and weather forced Wing Commmand to reacll the entire 303BG formation. RTB OK.

Mission #8 1LT Walter E. Dooley, w/B-17F 42-5423, 303BG/359BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-5423 "FDR's Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Killed in Action North Sea 14 May 1943

Killed in Action when battle damaged aircraft crashed into the North Sea. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery And Memorial, United Kingdom (recgovnpsdata), Coton, Northamptonshire, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge AMerican Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2018 19:35:58 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Updated birth info per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 56289275.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:59:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-43. Added Promoted in Rank event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:52:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:50:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 14-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:47:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:43:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:34:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2016. Made connections to Aircraft 41-24609 and Missions of 27-Jan-43, 4-Feb-43 and 14-Feb-43 per 303BG wensite, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 18:25:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. 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
20 December 2015 18:23:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. 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
11 December 2015 19:12:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission event #2 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 19:06:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission event #1 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 18:59:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Decoration per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 18:57:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Arrived at Station event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian and "The B-17 Flying Fortress Stroy", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 18:34:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Commemorted event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 18:31:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015 Made connections to aircraft and missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 18:25:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Unit designation for aircraft and MACR # to Summary Biography per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) MACR 15593; Changed Died event to Killed in Action event.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15593, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 118 by Bishop & Hey, WW II National Memorial

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