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42-37757

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 19/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 18/10/43; crash landed on local flight landing on grass beside runway when u/c failed 10/12/43, with John Long, Co-pilot: Amon Earhart, Navigator: George Carroll, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Gray, Radio Operator: Ralph Jennings, pass-Parido Deloore, Taldino Teshone, Frank DeMario, Arnold Thompson, (9 Returned to Duty); sal 2nd SAD Lt Staughton 11/12/43.

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

People

  • George Carroll

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 December 1943 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9RTD.

  • Parido Deloore

    Military | Corporal | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 December 1943 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17#42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9RTD.

  • Frank DeMario

    Military | Corporal | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 December 1943 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17#42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9RTD.

  • Amon Earhart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. 10-Dec-43 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Johnnie Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD 10-Dec-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Jennings

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD. 10-Dec-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Long

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9 x RTD. 10-Dec-43. Failed to Return (FTR) 11-May-44 in B...

  • Taldino Teshone

    Military | Sergeant | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 December 1943 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17#42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9RTD.

  • Arnold Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineering | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD. 10-Dec-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Denver AAF, CO 19 August 1943

Delivered Denver AAF 19-Aug-43.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 18 October 1943

Assigned 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Molesworth, UK 10 December 1943

Crash landed on local flight landing on grass beside runway when u/c failed 10-Dec-43; 9 x RTD

Salvaged Abbotts Ripton, UK 11 December 1943

Salvaged to #2 SAD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 18:14:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-37757/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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