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Ewell R McCright

Military

23-Aug-42 Asssigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24612 (GN-R), "The Devil Himself",303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 26-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "The Devil Himself".

On 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS while serving as Bombardier the aircraft was struck by a bomb dropped from above while on a mission to bomb the port area of Lorient, France. The aircraft crashed in the woods of Bois-de-Queronic near Pluvinger, France. 2Lt McCright was able to bale out of the stricken aircraft an was captured. Prisoner of War (POW). While a prisoner he secretly kept ledgers on all the other prisoners.

Participated in 4 Operations (2 were aborted) See Biography events.

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
  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24587

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; Missing in Action {45m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George McClellan, Co-pilot: Bill Fisher{ex B-26 pilot on his 1st mission}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Tempesta, Radio...

  • 41-24607 Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the...

Missions

  • 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 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 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

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
Assigned to Aircraft Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 23 August 1942

Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24612 "The Devil Himself", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas

Arrival in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 26 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Bombarider of B-17F 41-24612 "The Devil Himself", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1 2LT Ewell R. McCright, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2 2LT Ewell R. McCright, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3 2LT Ewell R. McCright, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 23 January 1943 – 12 June 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Last report date (Discharged in US) 12-Jun-45.

Mission #4 2LT Ewell R. McCright, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - POW Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft was struck by a bomb from above. He was able to blas out of the aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of War. POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 20:13:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 20:05:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 20:00:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 19:56:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 19:51:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Arrival in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ralph S. Hayes crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hayes.html

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 19:49:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-FEb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ralph S. Hayes crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hayes.html

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 19:46:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography; MAde connections to Aircraft and all Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ralph S. Hayes crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hayes.html

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2015 10:39:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record includes information from the following source: MACR 15571 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 20:16:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added Map location to POW event.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 20:14:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added decoration and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; added SN per MACR 15571; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Biography with target and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15571, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 65

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