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Claude W Campbell

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

Service

People

  • Kurt Bachert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Winston Boutelle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Peter Catozza

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. First mission on 4 April 1943 with John Farrar (42-5260); 2nd one with Clemens Wurzbach (41-24562);...

  • Howard Hernan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Harold Kraft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Patrick Mccauley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • George Quick

    Military | Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Ruf, E. Crew

  • George Ririe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 41-24561 The Duchess

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over Vegasack 18/3...

  • 41-24565

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Bangor 9/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; force landed RAF Chipping Warden 23/1/43 with Ross Bates, 10RTD; Missing in Action 28m Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Frank Ball, Navigator: Jim Berger, Bombardier:...

  • 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...

  • 41-24635 The 8 Ball Mk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slighly damaged...

  • 42-29846

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/45; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 16/5/43; 16m Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/10/43 with Vic Loughman, Co-pilot: Winfield Gredvig, Navigator: Jim Maxwell, Bombardier: Ed...

  • 42-3002 'The Old Squaw'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pocatello 31/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action 6/9/43 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Wilbur Klint, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale...

  • 42-3029 Wallaroo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 13/1/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [VK-N] Homestead 5/3/43; Molesworth 9/4/43; 35m Missing in Action 14/1/44 with Capt Merle Hungerford, Co-pilot: Carl Arundale, Navigator: Joe Vogel, Bombardier: Jim Barlow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-31483 'Bonny-B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-B] Molesworth 1/1/44; 93 missions Missing in Action Stuttgart 5/9/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito,...

  • 42-5257

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/42; Salina 5/1/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-S] Molesworth 19/2/43; Returned to the USA Robins 29/4/44; Recl Comp 9/8/45. MISS BEA HAVEN.

  • 42-5482

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Brookley 1/2/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-W] Molesworth 6/3/43; sustained flak damage over Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ambrose Grant, Co-pilot: Franklin Ball, Navigator: Jim Berger,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 53

    1 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

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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 Alabama, USA 17 January 1919
Lived in Nueces County, TX 1941
Enlisted Fort Sam Houston, TX 27 September 1941
Based Molesworth March 1943 – January 1944

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

Died Pinellas County, FL 24 January 1995
Buried Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater, FL February 1995

Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park
Clearwater,
Pinellas County, FL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2019 11:41:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312802006?rec=306659789
https://www.fold3.com/record/52860523-claude-w-campbell
https://www.fold3.com/record/84773093-claude-w-campbell
https://www.fold3.com/page/52860523-claude-w-campbell/facts
http://www.303rdbg.com/359campbell.html
http://www.303rdbg.com/photo-gallery3.html
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65599403/claude-w-campbell

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 22:42:58 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32145461

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 15:41:35 ED-BB Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group website : www.303rdbg.com
Research on Fred J. Dioquardo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:23 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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