(GH) Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Grand Island 19/10/43; Romulus 26/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Molesworth 18/11/43; Missing in Action Dessau 30/5/44 with Doug Van Weelden, Navigator: Bob Saumsiegle, Bombardier: Ron Vincent, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Olander, Ball turret gunner: Urban Raterman (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bill Sysel, Radio Operator: Ralph Ledogar, Waist gunner: Bill Forsythe,Tail gunner: John Barry (4 Killed in Action); flak KOd #2, dropped behind and crashed Rennau, six miles NW of Helmstedt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5341. PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA.
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 | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 42-31213 'Pistol Packin' Mama'. Killed in Action (KIA).
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 42-31213 "Pistol Packin' Mama", Prisoner of War.
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/ Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
Harry Rothrock was from New Albany, Indiana. He flew 33 missions with the 303rd Bomb Group; 359th Squadron. He flew every mission except 1 with 1st Lt. Billy M. Goolsby. After the war he returned home and opened an auto garage, he never married. He...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 42-31213 'Pistol Packin' Mama. ' Prisoner of War (POW).
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
6 March 1944
The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...
30 May 1944
Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.
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...
||4 October 1943
||Molesworth Airfield, UK
||18 November 1943
|Shot down by flak
||30 May 1944