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Glen M Herrington

Military

26-Jul-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage".

11-Nov-42 as Navigator of B-17F 41-24563 'Garbage', the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with RAF Anson EF939, and made a forced "belly" landing at Luton, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair and eventually salvaged for parts. Poor weather conditions contributed to accident on landing 'Garbage'.

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24620 'Snap! Crackle! Pop! while serving as Navigator. Wounded and lost a leg in the incident. Prisoner of War (POW) but returned to the Allies and repatriated to the United States on 26-Oct-43 per MACR 15464

Participated in 5 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events.
POW

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

Aircraft

  • 41-24563

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-H] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; on training flight with Arthur Adams, Co-pilot: Gene Witterstetter, Navigator: Glen Herrington, Bombardier: Mike Libonatti, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lew Hart, Radio Operator:...

  • 41-24579 Thumper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] 17-Feb-42 Gowen Field, Idaho; Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Aircraft damaged by AA fire and enemy fighters on mission to Lorient, France on 23-Jan-43. 11 man crew. Belly-landed at...

  • 41-24602 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24602 was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; On the 29-May-43 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and then attacked and shot down by fighters...

  • 41-24620 Snap! Crackle! Pop!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24620 'Snap, Crackle, Pop' assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Bangor 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Escoublac Forest, West of St Nazaire, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15464....

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

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 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 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 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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 Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 26 July 1942

Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Navigator aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS.

Aircraft Accident Luton, Luton, UK 11 November 1942

While serving as Navigator of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS on a training mission, the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an RAF aircraft and forced to make a belly landing at Luton, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Mission #1, 1LT Glen M. Herrington, w B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Glen M. Herrington, w B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT Glen M. Herrington, w B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS - Aborted 20 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France, but mechanical failure forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 1LT Glen M. Herrington, w B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Prisoner of War (POW) Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1943 – 26 October 1943

The National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database does have a listing for this airman, but no camp in given. It appears that he was wounded, captured and lost a leg in the incident and then was returned to Allied forces and, according to MACR 15464, repatriated back to the United States on 26-Oct-43. The NARA POW record has a last report date of 16-Apr-46 which is most likely his date of discharge.

Mission #5, 1LT Glen M. Herrington, w B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS - POW Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down but he managed to bale out and was captured. He was wounded in the attack and had to have a leg amputated at a German field hospital.

Discharge France 16 April 1946

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 19:33:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 date.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 00:16:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 00:12:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 00:08:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 00:04:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2016 00:02:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 23:58:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Aircraft Accident event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 23:54:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 23:53:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 23:51:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added iniial assignment and promotion info to Summary Biography; made connections to AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2015 21:04:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015. Added SN per MACR 15464; Added connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event and Discharge event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; confirmed loss of leg detail from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15464 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61,  WWII Memorial web site, MACR 15464, href=www.303rd.com>www.303rd.com> roster

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