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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 352BS/301BG Chelveston 7/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; crash landed Mateur 9/5/43 40m with George Peabody; flak damage 6/11/43; Returned to the USA 22/10/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 31/10/45. HOLEY JOE.



  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron


  • Edwin Byrnes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on raid to Palermo in 'Junior' #42-5179, regularly flew 'Holey Joe' #41-24352

  • Emmet Cook

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    Flew with the 8th AF from Chelveston for 10 missions, without fighter escort, then transferred to North Africa in 1942 to help the 15th AF. We still were assigned to the 8th. These were the first daylight missions for the 8th AF, Flew on Plane 'Holey...

  • Robert Doremus

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist Gunner aboard B-17 41-24352 'Holey Joe', 1942-43. Retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant in the 1960's. ...

  • William Garrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Holey Joe' #41-24352. When crew of this plane was shot down he was not on board due to being on sick call.

  • Jimmy McLaughlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 22 Mar 43 in 'Junior' #42-5179 on Mission to Palermo also flew on 'Holey Joe' #41-24352

  • Lonnie Miers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on raid to Palermo in 'Junior' #42-5179 Regular plane was 'Holey Joe' #41-24352 Earlier on 9 August 1942, B-17 #41-23347 'Stork' was first plane loss for 301st when Lieutenant Hair was forced to make a wheels-up landing at RAF...

  • Louis Patriquin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner; Engineer | 301st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on raid to Palermo in 'Junior' #42-5179. Regulary flew on 'Holey Joe' #41-24352

  • Andrew Seman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed on mission to Palermo in 'Junior' #42-5179, also flew on 'Holey Joe' #41-24352

  • Douglas Upton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 22 Mar 43 in 'Junior' #42-5179, was on regular crew of 'Holey Joe' #41-24352


  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...


  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Assigned Chelveston July 1942


Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 02:00:51 jmchristel Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

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