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Alvin A Bridges

Military

12-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 [GN-Q] "Susfu", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Susfu".

Participated in 16 Missions (UNDER CONSTRUCTION). 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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

Missions

  • 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 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 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
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 12 June 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, SGT Alvin A. Bridges, w/B17-F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Alvin A. Bridges, w/B17-F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshallinbg yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #3, SGT Alvin A. Bridges, w/B17-F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Alvin A. Bridges, w/B17-F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:47:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Corrcting typo in Mission #4 event title.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:46:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:43:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:41:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:38:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:34:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Edward J. Broussard crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-broussard.html

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:32:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Asssigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Edward J. Broussard crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-broussard.html

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 01:27:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Initial assignment info to Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43), Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Edward J. Broussard crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-broussard.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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