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Harry Conray Ross

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. 11-Feb-44, brakes failed on landing at RAF Shoreham, Sussex, overshooting the runway and hitting a guard shack in B-17G 42-31314 'Scorchy'. RTD. Mission target was Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863

Awards: AM, PH

Service

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  • Noel Shoup

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31314 'Scorchy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Memphis 2/11/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-E] Molesworth 18/11/43; ex-Frankfurt 11/2/44, with Howard Dahleen, Co-pilot: Chas Rice, Navigator: Russ Klingensmith, Bombardier: Ray Gauthier, Flight engineer...

  • 42-5306

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/11/42; New Castle 9/12/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-P] Thurleigh 1/1/43; in taxi accident at base with Warren Grey 27/6/43; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 25/9/43; Missing in Action Pas De Calais 28/2/44 with Noel Shoup,...

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 Greenville, Ohio 8 December 1922

Son of Ormal Francis and Mindie Talitha [Whitaker] Ross.

Enlisted Cincinnati, OH 6 January 1943

Cincinnati Ohio

Based Molesworth November 1943 – 28 February 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died SW of Abbeville, France 28 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863

Buried WWI cemetery Abbeville, France 2 March 1944

Interred
WWI cemetery
Abbeville, France

Buried Abbottsville Cemetery Abbottsville, Darke County, OH 1948

Re-Interred
Abbottsville Cemetery
Abbottsville,
Darke County, OH

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2019 18:47:11 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/89115857-harry-c-ross
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763009?rec=299340986
https://www.fold3.com/image/28743093?terms=35681877
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55747018/harry-conray-ross

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2019 18:44:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/89115857-harry-c-ross
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763009?rec=299340986
https://www.fold3.com/image/28743093?terms=35681877
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55747018/harry-conray-ross

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2863, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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