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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 26/9/44; Hunter 26/10/44; Dow Fd 31/10/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-W] Molesworth 5/1/45; battle damaged Hamburg 30/3/45 with Capt Hugh Johnson, Maj Glynn Sinmake, Herb Hanson, Bob Wallace {ex nav}, Wallace Burkett, Gene Edwards, Bob Carter, Harry Peck, Harry Hopkins, Capt Larry Lifshus {radar nav} (10 Prisoner of War); force landed continent; Salvaged 22/4/45.



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Herrmann

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    26 missions completed. Seventeen missions with 1Lt. richeson. Often flew on Richeson's crew. Nine missions with other crews. Served as deputy lead navigator and lead navigator.

  • Edwin Katz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Mission to Mannheim, hit by flak, his body returned aboard 44-8484. 13-Jan-45, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Lawrence Lifshus

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crash landed beside Rhine River on 30 Mar 45. Captured by Germans.

  • Glynn Shumake

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Airplane Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Had no assigned combat crew. Flew 35 combat missions. On last mission was hit by flak and crash landed. Immediately captured by German troops and became Prisoner of War (POW). this was 30 Mar '45. Was appointed 358th Operations Officer in 1942 and...

  • Robert Wallace

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x missions. Plane 48316 Failed to Return (FTR) mission Berlin, force landed Russia, returned to duty (RTD) 26-Feb-45. POW on 30-Mar-45 with Johnson crew, over Bremen, aboard 44-8484. MACR 13539. ...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:01 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13539 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database