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William S Devine

Military

Baled out of B-17 41-24582 'One O' Clock Jump' on 12-Dec-1942 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). 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 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 SGT William S. Devine w/41-24582, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-24582, "one O'C'lock Jump", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK)

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 12 December 1942 – 22 June 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria, Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 22 Jun-45.

Mission #2 SGT William S. Devine, w/41-24582, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-24582, "one O'C'lock Jump", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 23:59:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 23:56:32 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 22:56:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, 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 18:28:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16031, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 53

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