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Harvie Lecil Collins

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23-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O],"Snap!, Crackle!" Pop!" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico but did not arrive at Molesworth with the rest of the crew. 303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK, or how he arrived there. However, he did fly 23 credited missions with that crew and 2 on other aircraft, completing a 25-Mission tour on 25-Jun-43.

Mission Participations (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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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....

  • 42-29570 Big Time Operator II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5-Jan-43; Gt Falls 31-Jan-43; Denver 2-Feb-43; Salina 11-Feb-43; to Marrakesh, via ATC 14-Mar-43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 21-Mar-43; transferred BAD 1 Burtonwood 22-May-43; 532BS/381BG [VE-D] Ridgewell 7-Sep-43; 6+m...

  • 42-2967 Shak Hak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 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.

  • 42-5483

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight...

Missions

  • 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 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 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

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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 AR 29 October 1919
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 23 June 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamgordo, New Mexico.

Mission #1, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on 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, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yard at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK

Mission #3, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Available", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomaotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but severe weather forced Wing Command to recall the entire 303BG formation.

Mission #7, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #8, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #9, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port facilities and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Mission #10, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 6 March 1943

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

Mission #11, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Rennes, France 8 March 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France, but mecahnical failures forced the pilot to abrot the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #12, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Mission #13, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #14, SGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Promoted in Rank Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 30 March 1943

Promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Mission #15, SSGT Harvie L. Collins, w/B-17F 42-29570, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-29570 "Big Time Operator II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Died 21 March 2010

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:35:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-May-2016. Added Promoted in Rank event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:32:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:29:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:27:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:24:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:22:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:20:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2016 22:07:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Made connections to Aircraft 42-5483 and 42-29570 and Missions of 6-Mar-43, 8-Mar-43, 12-Mar-43, 22-Mar-43, 28-Mar-43, 31-Mar-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 20:03:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Made connections to Missions 23-Jan-43, 14-Feb-43, 16-Feb-43, 27-Feb-43 per 303BG records: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 19:54:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 19:51:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 19:47:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 19:44:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 14-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 23:46:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Made Connections to Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historians, Mission Reports through 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 23:42:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 23:38:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 21:31:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-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
27 January 2016 21:28:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-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
27 January 2016 21:25:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission # 1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 21:20:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aricraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 21:17:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added intial assignment info and mission infor to Summary Biography per 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian, Jacob W. Fredericks crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-fredericks.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-cd.html#C / son, David Collins, 141 Matt Phillips Rd, Huntsville, AL 35806

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