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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover Mullins, Radio Operator: Jim Supple, Waist gunner: John Visznecki, Waist gunner: Jim Pleasant, Tail gunner: Bernie Sutton (9 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Howard Zeitner (Killed in Action); crashed Wolsdorf, four miles SW of Helmstedt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1925. SKY WOLF.



  • 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


  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission...

  • Robert Brud

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    4-Feb-43 First mission as susbtitute Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. ...

  • Francis Burns

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 missions Flew mostly on 'Skywolf', pilot was Morales. All original crew members came home to the USA. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Stars).

  • William Chamberlain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • Don DeLaura

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #41-24562 'Sky Wolf', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Albert Diffenbach

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    2-Aug-42 Assigned as a Bombardier on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar" at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar" but there is no record that he flew any missions with that aircraft. 303BG Mission Report...

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. ...

  • Aubrey Emerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #41-24562 'Sky Wolf', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Galbraith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...


  • 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 11 January 1944


Date Contributor Update
16 October 2020 19:01:54 jmoore43 Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 18:29:29 Mags Changes to place associations

303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2016 16:32:10 ED-BB Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

Added photo with the Walter R. Kyse crew

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 15:16:33 ED-BB Changes to nicknames and markings

Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1925 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database