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42-97311

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; no ops, transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-O] Molesworth 13/5/44; 457BG Glatton 22/4/45; 351BG Polebrook 29/5/45; on mission to Brux 12/9/44 with ? . Tail gunner: Miles Bruce (KIA by 7.9mm shell); 107 missions, Returned to the USA Bradley 13/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45. SILVER FOX aka SHOO SHOO "BABY".

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Miles Bruce

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Was killed on 12 September 1944, mission #241 returning from Brux, Czechoslovakia in B-17G #42-97311 Shoo Shoo Baby, (427th BS) GN-O. A 7.9mm shell cut off his oxygen supply and inflicted fatal wounds. His body was returned to Molesworth and he is...

  • Melvin Carlson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 14168 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Harry Haynes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Kiely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Kopriva

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Lacy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roger Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Blaine Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • 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...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 19:55:22 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nicknames mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2020 05:14:10 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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