Lt. Richard K Marsh and crew of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "Scorchy". England, 4 February 1944.
Rear L-R Lt Richard K Marsh, Lt Robert L Cunningham, Lt Myles J Marsh, Lt Jack Joyce.
Front L-R T/Sgt Eugene B Davis, T/Sgt George A Minks, S/Sgt Warner G Rogers, S/Sgt James E Munson, S/Sgt Raymond J Moessner, S/Sgt William R Ferrell
B-17G-10-BO serial number 42-31314 named "Scorchy" from the 359th BS, 303rd BG, 8th AF. Suffered brake failure during an emergency landing at RAF Shoreham on Feb. 11,1944 and collided with the guardhouse, injuring one soldier.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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