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Don W Lusk Jr

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24526 'Leaping Liz' while serving as Bombardier. Target was U/B yards (submarines) at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters attacked and plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 5 Operations - 1 Abort. (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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24526 Leapin Liz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24526 "Leapin Liz". Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Bangor 19-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed off St Brevin, Bay of Biscay, France. 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)...

  • 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 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • 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 Portage, PA, USA
Mission #1 2LT Don W. Lusk, Jr. Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24526, "Leapin Liz", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (RTB OK).

Mission #2 2LT Don W. Lusk, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24582 Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24582, "One O'Clock Jump", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Carriage and Wagon Works at Lille, France (RTB OK)

Mission #3 2LT Don W. Jusk, Jr. w/41-24526, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS. Mission was to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission.

Mission #4 2LT Don W. Lusk, Jr. w/B-17-F 41-24526, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #5 2LT Don W. Lusk, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24526 KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24526, "Leapin' Liz", 303BG/358BS on mission to bomb the torpedo storage areas at St. Nazaire, France. (KIA)

Buried Dinozé, France 1945

Buried in the Epinal American Cemetery, Plot A, Row 38, Grave 45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 17:37:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Made Connections to Aircraft & Missions per 303BG website Mission Reports: Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 17:29:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission events #2 thru #5 per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 17:08:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission event #1 per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 20:32:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 7650; added decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; added crew position and made minor edits to biography.

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2015 10:25:38 Emily Changes to service number, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Transferred relevant information from duplicate record.

MACR 7650 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7650, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 60, ABMC web site

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