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42-3124

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/2/43; Presque Is 19/4/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-N] Molesworth 2/6/43; on training flight 4/8/43 crashed Arenig Fawr Mt, Bala, Merioneth, Wales with Jim Pratt, Co-pilot: Bill Bowling, Navigator: Allan Boner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Johnson, Radio Operator: Fred Royar, Waist gunner: Walt Robinson, Waist gunner: Phil Simonte, pass-Alf Van Dyke (8 Killed in Service). Apart from tail unit, aircraft was burnt out, Salvaged.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Allan Boner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 303rd Bomb Group

  • William Bowling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    KNO on cross country flight striking a mountain in B17 42-3124.

  • James Pratt

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    KNO on cross country flight striking a mountain in B17 42-3124.

  • Walter Robinson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    KNO on cross country flight striking a mountain in B17 42-3124.

  • Frederic Royar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    KNO on cross country flight striking a mountain in B17 42-3124.

  • Philip Simonte

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    KNO on cross country flight striking a mountain in B17 42-3124.

  • Alfred Van Dyke

    Military | Private First Class | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed when B-17 (42-3124) crashed into Arenig Fawr during a cross country night flight. He was a passenger aboard the aircraft.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 64

    15 June 1943
    A force of 155 B-17s are assembled and sent towards a target in France (possibly Huls), but the formation is recalled before reaching the French coast. 2 of the B-17s from 91BG are attacked by German fighters, but the damage in minimal and there are no...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Mt. Arenig Fawr, Snowdonia, Wales 8 August 1943

Crashed during a cross-country night training flight into the summit of the mountain. Three of the passengers were stand ins.
Some aspects of the aspect were salvaged, but most of it was totally destroyed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 01:38:40 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Removed the words "No Name" from the nickname field.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 21:06:11 CastleBren Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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