"Lead crew on bombing mission to Oscheraleben, Germany, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'The 8 Ball'. 303rd Bomb Group. England, 11 January 1944."
Rear L-R: 2Lt Robert H Halpin, Capt Jack B Fawcett, Capt Norman Nels Jacobsen, Brig Gen Robert F Travis, Lt Col William R Calhoun, 1Lt Darrell D Gust.
Front L-R: S/Sgt Harley F Jennings, T/Sgt George R Keesling, S/Sgt Leroy L "Shorty" Mace, T/Sgt Kenneth P Fitzsimmons, S/Sgt Albert C Santella.
Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 missions in B 17 'Jersey Bounce'. When working as a gunner, destroyed one enemy aircraft.
Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME..
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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...
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...
||Eau Claire, Wisconsin
||3 November 1921
Son of Henry and Blanche Mae [Warner] Gust.
||La Crosse, WI
||21 February 1942
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 568BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
||La Crosse County, WI
||23 November 2015
||Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire, Wi
||27 November 2015
Eau Claire County, WI