B-17G #42-31060 was delivered to Cheyenne 11/9/43; Assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group [GN-N] and arrived at Molesworth on 18 October 1943. It was nicknamed "Poque Ma Hone" or POGUE-MA-HONE. (Gaelic for Kiss My Ass!)
Reported as Missing in Action while on bombing mission to synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany on 9 February 1945. After colliding with #43-39149 (No Name), piloted by 2Lt. Robert J. Barrat, "Poque Ma Hone" tried to make its way to Allied controlled territory in Poland. It crashed near the village of Jaraczewo (south-east of Poznan). Salvaged n/battle damaged.
From a crew of nine, 5 were Killed in Action (KIA), 1 became a Prisoner of War (POW) and 3 Returned to Duty (RTD).
Alf Nemer, Odus Litzelfelner, Pete Volpini, Marion Canfield, Floyd Doherty were Killed in Action); Floyd Bohrer became a Prisoner of War; Henry Schulz, Howard Ganson and Paul Kerr Returned to Duty;
See Missing Air Crew Report 12245.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Lincoln 21/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 3/2/45; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Bob Barrett, Dean Harvey, Shirl Best, Bill Karp, Ray Reiss, Matt Lastrowicz, Lou Linhart, Herb Link (8 Killed in Action); George...
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...
Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Prisoner of War (POW) as a result of surviving 9 February 1945 incident in which 5 crew members were killed.
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Killed in action
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA)
Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
9 February 1945 returned from bombing mission to a synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany in which 5 other crew members were killed.
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Mission to Mannheim, hit by flak, his body returned aboard 44-8484. 13-Jan-45, Killed in Action (KIA).
Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME, PH.
Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Survivor of incident 9 February 1945 in which five crewmembers were killed.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
From January 1943, men of the 303rd Bombardment Group modified steel flak helmets to enable them to be worn directly over flying helmets fitted with earphones. 1st Lieutenant Robert Landry, wrote in 1997, "(this) flak helmet was worn on 32 missions (B...
Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA)
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
Killed in Action. See Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 12245.
Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
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...
|Failed to Return (FTR)
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