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William N Frost

Military

Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump' 12-Dec-42 while serving as Pilot and was captured (POW). Aircraft went into a flat spin and crashed near Fontainebleau, France. All of the crew except the Right Waist Gunner and the Ball Turret Gunner were able to safely bale out of the aircraft. Flew 2 Operations (see Biography events)

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24582 One O'Clock Jump

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump', assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Despatched 12-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but weather prevented bombing of that target and the...

Missions

  • 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 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...

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
Mission #1 CPT William W. Frost w/41-24582, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as PILOT, 41-24582 'One O'Clock Jump', 303BG/358BS bombing the U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK)

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 12 December 1942 – 21 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland). Officially Returned to Military Control 21-Jul-45.

Mission #2 CPT William W. Frost w/41-24582, 303BG/358BS POW Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot of 41-24582 "On O'Clock Jump', 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the railraod marshalling yards at Rouen, France. (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 18:15:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-15. Made correction to Service Number.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 18:13:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-2015. Made connection to 23-Nov-42 mission per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, Mission Report.

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 22:27:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 ro Biography events per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gray Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 22:20:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23 Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 21:35:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. RMC date.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 21:34:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Added POW camp info.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 21:31:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16031; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16031, Roster, Roll of Honor, Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 53

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