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42-29573

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 42-29573 [VK-H] "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS was delivered at Denver 6-Jan-43; Salina 12-Jan-43; Morrison 12-Feb-43; Homestead 15-Feb-43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 6-Mar-43

13-Mar-43 Sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS in 10/10 cloud cover over Wellingboro, Northamptonshire, UK while despatched on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. Crashed at Mears Abby, UK. 7KIA 3BO/RTD.

Participated in 4 operations. See Biography events for crew information.

13-Mar-43 Mission #1 - Railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France.
22-Mar-43 Mission #2 - Naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany
28-Mar-43 Mission #3 - Railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France.
31-Mar-43 Mission #4 LAST OPERATION - Shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. MAC

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

  • George Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Navigator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Eugene Clowe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Tail Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • James Dunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) as Pilot of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts" in midair collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The...

  • Keith Hafen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as a Co-Pilot of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Earl Hogue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Radio Operator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Richard Kruse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as Co-Pilot to B-17F #41-24539 [VK-K] "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan. 10-Oct-42 moved with aircraft and crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for deployment ovreseas. 16-Oct-42 Arrived...

  • Robert Lizotte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Bombardier of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Robert Nolan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as Pilot, with crew, to B-17F #41-24539 [VK-K] "Jersey Bounce", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan. 10-Oct-42 moved with aircraft and crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine in preparation for deployment ovreseas. 16-Oct...

  • Stanislaus Nowak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Carl Shellman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Ball Turret Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

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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
Mission #1, B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS

P 2LT Carl H. Morales (RTB); CP 2LT Calvin A. Swaffer (RTB)
N 1LT Hubert E. Miller (RTB) B 2LT Frank E. Zasadil (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Francis G. Hinds (RTB); RO SSGT Francis JU. Burns (RTB)
BTG SGT Albert V. Carroll (RTB); LWG SGT Max M. Westfall (RTB)
RWG SGT John E. Hill (RTB); TG SGT Robert C. Blake (RTB)

Mission #2, B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS

P 1LT Robert J. Nolan (RTB); CP 2LT Richard L. Kruse (RTB)
N 2LT William J. Anderson (RTB); B 2LT Richard R. Hopper (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Roy J. Hively (RTB); RO SSGT Milton Hamill (RTB)
BTG SSGT Byron W. Johnson (RTB); LWG SGT James P. Goff (RTB)
RWG SGT Lawrence W. Isham (RTB); TG SSGT John Zioance

Mission #3, B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS

P 1LT Robert J. Nolan (RTB); CP 2LT Richard L. Kruse (RTB)
N 2LT William J. Anderson (RTB); B 2LT 1LT William J. Hungerford (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT Roy J. Hively (RTB); RO SSGT Milton Hamill (RTB)
BTG SSGT Byron W. Johnson (RTB); LWG SGT Lawrence W. Isham (RTB)
RWG SGT James P Goff (RTB); TG SGT Emile V. Bitter, Jr. (RTB)

Mission #4, B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS MAC Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS

P 2LT James R. Dunn (KOM); CP 2LT Keith L. Hafen (KOM)
N 2LT George H. Boyd (KOM); B 2LT Robert A. Lizotte (KOM)
E/TTG TSGT Lamoine D. Yager (KOM); RO TSGT Earl Hogue (BO/INJ)
BTG SSGT Carl E. Shellman (KOM); LWG SGT William A. Testoni (BO/RTD)
RWG SSGT Stanislaus Nowak (BO/INJ); TG SSGT Eugene C. Clowe (KOM)

Sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS in 10/10 cloud cover over Wellingboro, Northamptonshire, UK while despatched on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. Crashed at Mears Abby, UK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 20:17:31 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2019 23:11:01 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Removed connection to A/C 41-24599.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2019 23:04:56 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added a connection to A/C 41-24599.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 17:57:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Minor edits on Description.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 17:54:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 17:45:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 17:38:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 17:31:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2016 16:59:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Mar-2016. Added Block#, Manufacturer and Coding; Converted dates to USAAF military-style signification, added loss details, Participations statement and Mission listing to Description; Made connections to Place and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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