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42-107147

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Hunter 12/3/44; Grenier 1/4/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Molesworth 22/4/44; battle damaged Liege (3m) 11/5/44 with Tony Cecchini, Co-pilot: Stan Fisher, Navigator: E. J. Veidel, Bombardier: Theo McDevitt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cliff Bachman, Radio Operator: Ben Smith, Ball turret gunner: George Kepics, Waist gunner: Bob O’Hare, Waist gunner: Clarry Cogdell, Tail gunner: W. A. Hudson Wounded in Action; crash landed RAF Rochford, Essex, UK; SaL 14/5/44. SWEET MELODY.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clifford Bachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Part of famous 'Chick's Crew' completed 3 tours of duty.

  • Anthony Cecchini

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    His crew was called 'Chick's Crew' after his nickname.

  • Clarence Cogdell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Member of 'Chick's Crew' authored by Benjamin Smith

  • Stanley Fisher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot & Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Chick's Crew'

  • Ward Hudson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Chick's Crew

  • George Kepics

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Chicks Crew'

  • Theodore McDevitt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on Chick's Crew

  • Benjamin Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    3 Berlin missions; 2 crash landings on 8 and 20 missions; 2 wounds, in neck and head; D-Day Participation; saw King and Queen on visit to base. Wrote book titled 'Chick's Crew' of which I was a member. DFC/ AM w/ 3 OLC/ PH/ ETO/ WW II VM

  • Joseph Stevens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Joseph E. ("Jack") Stevens, Jr. was my father. Born 5/13/21, he came from very humble beginnings in Houston & Galveston, TX to sire a family of 5, become a wonderful father and husband, and work around the world as a chemical engineer. ...

  • Edward Veigel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    See p. 416, Harry Gobrecht, Might In Flight (2nd edition) See Ben Smith, Chick's Crew Missions (11) April 1944 -- May 11, 1944. Last mission, Saarbrucken, Germany May 11, 1944. Plane was called 'Sweet Melody'. Crash landing of #42-107147 at Southend-On...

Places

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 20:29:35 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:41:50 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Ward Hudson mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:38:43 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added connections to Ward A. Hudson and Clarence L Cogdell mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:33:16 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added connections to George Kepics, Clifford D. Bachman and Benjamin H. Smith mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:19:02 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added connections to Stanley L Fisher and Theodore D McDevitt mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:14:04 jmoore43 Changes to description and person associations
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Added a connection to the pilot, Anthony J Cecchini.
Correctd the spelling of the last name of the pilot in the "Description".

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:08:02 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.
Added connections to the 360 BS & 303th BG mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:03:50 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
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Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.
Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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