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William L Hoover

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Richard Cole

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions.

  • Billy Goolsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Lewis Lyle

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 2nd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as a Pilot with 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 6-Mar-42 assigned as Pilot with crew of B-17F 41-24559 [PU-F] "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 through 7-Aug-42 He and his crew underwent...

  • Robert Lynch

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 6/22/44 in B17 Mary Cary' RTD

  • Charles Mainwaring

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Noel Newell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Thomas Quinn

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 30 combat missions,completed 35 sorties between 16 Sept 1943 to 22 May 1944. DFC/Air Medal w/3Oak Leaf Clusters,Purple Heart/Pres. Unit Citation/

  • Lewis (Louis) Schulstad

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Adjutant; Pilot; Group Operations Officer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Enlisted in the Army May 23, 1939. Retired December 1965 as an Air Force Colonel. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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

  • 41-24605 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...

  • 42-102484

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Gr Island 11/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-K] Molesworth 23/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 21/11/44 with Arthur Chance, Bob Johnson, Ralph Coykendall, Elmer Menasco, Albt Miller, Leo Torre (6 Prisoner of...

  • 42-102544 'Sack Time'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 7/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-K] Molesworth 12/5/44, 360BS [PU-K]; Missing in Action Dresden 110m 17/4/45 with Blaine Thomas, Max Bartholomew, Joe Bananno, Harry Haynes, Walter Smith, Luis...

  • 42-31574

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Great Falls 24/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Fort Wayne 25/12/43; Wilmington 27/12/43; Presque Is 29/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 13/1/44; transferred 327BS/92BG Podington; Missing in Action Merzhausen 24/12/44,...

  • 42-38168

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/1/44; Savannah 21/1/44; Morrison 2/2/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-M] Molesworth 22/2/44; after landing from training trip while running down runway u/c collapsed 5/1/44 with Leroy Daub, Co-pilot: Noel Newell, Navigator: George...

  • 42-97058 Scorchy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    1st B-17G-40-BO ...

  • 44-8038

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/5/44; Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 3/7/44; Grenier 1/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG Bassingbourn 2/8/44; transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-Z] Molesworth 10/44; landing accident with Wallace Wildstein 27/3/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46.

  • 44-8137

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 18/6/44; Langley 23/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Z] Molesworth 26/8/44; Missing in Action Aschaffenburg 21/1/45 with Dick Duffield, Dick Cambron, Gene Shipp, Tom Wilson, Ray Levine, Don Christ, Phil Hensel, John...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 342A

    7 May 1944

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
Based Molesworth December 1943 – 4 November 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour Duty (ETD) 2 England, UK 4 November 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD) [2nd].

Died

Deceased

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 13:38:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/161280289/?terms=44-8137
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/111.pdf
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/146.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-hij.html#H

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