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Charles E Marion

Military

303 Bomb Group records indicate that he was assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/360BS on 1-May-42 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with the rank of Major. Records are not clear as to when he arrived at Molesworth, UK or on what aircraft.

Commanding Officer 303rd Bomb Group 13-Feb-43 to 19-Jul-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.
DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

People

  • Albert Dieffenbach

    Military | Major | Group Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

Units served with

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 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...

Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events) ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • 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 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 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • 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
Born San Diego, California 10 July 1910
Assigned to Unit Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as a Piolot with the 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with rank of Major.

Mission #1, MAJ Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24559 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Command Lead Pilot on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, MAJ Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24580 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Command Lead Pilot on B-17F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Promotion in Rank Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1 January 1943

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Deputy Commander 303BG

Mission #3, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Command Lead Pilot on B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Co-Pilot on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #5, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Group Command Pilot on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #6, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Group Command Pilot on B-17F 41-24619 "S-For-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Group Command Pilot on B-17F 41-24619 "S-For-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Mission #8, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

Served as Group Command Pilot on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Mission #9, LTC Charles E. Marion, w/B-17F 41-24605, 303BG/359BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Group Command Pilot on B-17F 41-24605 "Knockout Dropper", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:45:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Corrected target on Mission #9.,

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:43:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:35:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:31:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:28:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2016 21:10:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Made corrections to A/C BS designations in Missions#4 & #5.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 21:46:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 21:42:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 21:32:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Made connections to Missions of 27-Jan-43 and 4-Feb-43 pere 303BG records: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:51:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. 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
13 February 2016 23:46:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Promotion in Rank event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:44:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:40:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:36:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website Gary Moncur, historian, 303BG Personnel Records http://www.303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:32:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment inof to Summary Biography; Made connections to AIrcraft (thorugh 23-Jan-43) and Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, 303BG Personnel Roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 20:06:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards
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Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Decorations http://www.303rdbg.com/h-awards.html

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 19:58:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number
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Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Service number http://www.303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 19:54:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations
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Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Connection to Molesworth.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 19:52:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography and awards
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Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. Description, assoications http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/303bg.HTM

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45

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