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William D Cargill

Military

15-Sep-42 assigned to B-17F #41-24609 [BN-Q] "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas and arrived aboard that aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. Mission participation (See Biography events - UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24581 The '8' Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball" was assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] with its crew on 1-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The aircraft and crew were sent to Dow Field Bangor, Maine on 4-Oct-42 to prepare for overseas deployment; Molesworth...

  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 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,...

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 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 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 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 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • 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...

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 Aircraft Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 15 September 1942

Assigned as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel" at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworht, UK on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS.

Mission #1 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24581, 303BG/359BSS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24581 "The '8'Ball", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lillie, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24605, 303BG/359BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24605 "Knock-out Dropper", 303BG/359BS 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 #6 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #7 2LT William D. Cargill, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osanbruck, Germany. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 04:25:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:22:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2016. Added Mission #7 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 18:21:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 18:16:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2016. Made connections to Missions of 2-Feb-43 and 4-Feb-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 23:41:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 00:52:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 16:32:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Mission # 3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 16:28:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. 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 December 2015 16:23:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event -er 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2015 23:57:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ercil F. Eyster crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-eyster.html

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2015 23:54:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ercil F. Eyster crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-eyster.html

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2015 23:51:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Dec-2015. Added Summary Biography, made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ercil F. Eyster crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-eyster.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:49 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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