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42-39786

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30/8/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Molesworth 18/10/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Jim Fowler, Bombardier: Alvin Taylor Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Curtis Finley, Radio Operator: Don Dinwiddie, Tail gunner: Jack Ferguson Wounded in Action (5 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Bernie Rawlings, Navigator: Joe Thompson Wounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Dick Arrington, Waist gunner: Loren Zimmer (4 evaded capture via Spain, Sept ‘44), Waist gunner: Miller Jackson (Killed in Action); feathered #3 & #4 KO’d, hit by Fw190, crashed Soire St Gery, 17 miles SW of Charleroi, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 2260. G.I. SHEETS.

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

  • Richard Arrington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Evaded (EVD).

  • Donald Dinwiddie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Ferguson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Curtis Finley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G 42-39786 'G. I. Sheets'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Miller Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Rawlings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Evaded (EVD).

  • Alvin Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Thompson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Evaded (EVD).

  • Loren Zimmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets'. Evaded (EVD).

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 18:25:24 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 09:00:10 Fran Changes to nicknames
Sources

Name of the plane

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2260 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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