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42-29571

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Mobile 23/1/43; Salina 31/1/43; Homestead 4/2/43; Morrison 8/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-L] Molesworth 6/4/43; 32m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with Bill Hartigan, Navigator: Lorin Douthett, Radio Operator: Bob Ward (3 evaded capture), Co-pilot: Ed Goddard, Bombardier: Bernie Dorsey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clement Resto, Ball turret gunner: Val Stoddard, Tail gunner: Jim Ince, foto-Ralph Moffett (6 Prisoner of War), Waist gunner: Chas Dove (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Cambrai, near Mons, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 1033. CHARLIE HORSE.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Elmo Clark

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions on B-17's. Went on to fly PBY's for air sea rescue. Became an instructor on B-29's. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald DeCamp

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Charles Doback

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard Dorsey

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1033 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lorin Douthett

    Military | Major | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded (EVD). MACR 1033 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Dove

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1033 Awards: PH.

  • Edward Goddard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Haddock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Elmo Clark crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hartigan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded (EVD). MACR 1033 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hembree

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Elmo Clark crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 20 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:15:04 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #116 for 20 Oct 1943.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 02:28:51 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2018 19:06:21 RayWells Changes to nicknames
Sources

B

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1033 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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