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Dennis C Hart

Military

26-Jul-42 Asssigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Garbage".

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24620 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Participated in 2 Operations. See Biography events.

Purple Heart

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24620 Snap! Crackle! Pop!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24620 'Snap, Crackle, Pop' assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Bangor 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Escoublac Forest, West of St Nazaire, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15464....

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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 Woods County, Oklahoma
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 26 July 1942

Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrival in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived a t Molesworth, UK as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, TSGT Dennis C. Hart, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and enemy fighters and crashed into the Forest of Escoublac, France west of St. Nazaire.

Mission #2, TSGT Dennis C. Hart, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down and he was Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 1945

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, Plot K, Row 14, Grave 9.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:19:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016, Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:16:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016, Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:10:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Arrival in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:08:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 20:05:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Jan-2016. Added initial assigment and airrvial info to Summary Biography; made connections to Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2015 21:29:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015. Added SN, crew position and KIA event per MACR 15464; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; added crew position to biography per MACR 15464.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61, WWII Memorial web site, MACR 15464 / MACR 15464 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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