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Eugene B Davis


1st Mission was #110 Diephotz, Germany Feb 21, 19944. Flew on the 75th Mission of the' Knockout Dropper' #41-24605, Mar 27th '44 to Chartres, France Mission #129. Also flew 7 missions on the Thunderbird #42-38050. Flew mission with pilots, John N Savage, Richard K Marsh, George H Blossom, John W. Parker and Graham C. Gould. Wounded in leg on Mission #151 to Saarbrucken, Germany, May 11,'44. Last Mission was #232 Aug 25, '44 to Anklam, Ger.

Purple Heart, DFC w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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


  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 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...

  • 42-38050 'Thunder Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Syracuse 18/12/43; Presque Isle 22/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 18/1/44; transferred 384 Grafton Underwood 23/3/45; ret Molesworth 14/4/45; transferred 388BG Knettishall 30/4/45; 116m, retUS Bradley 11/7/45...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Clifton Forge, Virginia 30 September 1921
Died 7 November 1997
Buried Midlothian, Virginia


Date Contributor Update
18 April 2020 19:34:55 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #41-24605 & #42-38050 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 04:31:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:21 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son and daughter, wife