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Frank L Batterson

Military

On 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 'Hell Cat', 303BG/358BS while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was downed by fighters near Brest. He was able to parachute to safety and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). Participated in 7 Operations - Credited with 5 Missions (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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24558 Hunga Dunga

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24558 [VK:F] "Hunga Dunga" was assigned to the 358BS/303BG [VK-F] at Bangor. Maine on 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth, UK on 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Vegasack 18-Mar-43 when it was attacked by enemy aircraft near Helgoland. Germany...

  • 41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events) ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • 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 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 Fighter Command ESCORT-VIII BC 29

    13 January 1943
    4ht Fighter Group despatches 69 Spitfires to provide bomber escort. The escort is provided to the attacking force of VIII Bomber Command Mission 29 attacking Lille, France; and to two RAF bomber formations attacking targets at St. Omer, France. Exact...

  • 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
Operation #1 Frank L. Batterson w/41-24558, 303BG/358BS Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served in B-17 42-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS as Tail Gunner. Aircraft aborted mission. (RTB OK)

Operation #2 Frank L. Batterson w/41-224558, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served in B-17 42-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS as Tail Gunner. (RTB OK)

Operation #3 Frank L. Batterson w/41-24558, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served in B-17 42-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS as Right Waist Gunner. (RTB OK)

Operation #4 Frank L. Batterson w/42-24558, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served in B-17 42-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS as Tail Gunner. (RTB OK)

Operation #5 Frank L. Batterson w/41-24558, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served in B-17 42-24558 "Hunga Dunga", 303BG/358BS as Tail Gunner. (RTB OK)

Operation #6 Frank L. Batterson w/41-24558, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 13 January 1943
Prisoner of War (POW) Spangenberg, Germany 23 January 1943 – 19 July 1945

Held at Offlag 9A/H Spangenberg-Kassel, Hessen-Nassau, Prussia. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 19-Jul-45.

Operation #7 Frank L. Batterson w/41-24580, 303BG/358BS (POW) Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served in 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS as Tail Gunner. Aircraft shot down. (POW).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2015 22:53:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Aug-2015 Added Connection to 42-24558 and ALL Mission connections based on 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2015 22:19:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Aug-2015. Added Unit association to Operation #6 title.

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2015 22:17:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Aug-2015. Added Operation events #1 thru &#7 per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 18:52:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jan-2015. Added decoration, SN and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Corrected Role/Job per 303rd Bomb Group website: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oconnor.html; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited descritpion per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 65-66 MACR 15473

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