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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/10/42; Salina 15/12/42.
Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Molesworth 29/1/43; 43m.

Missing in Action Emden 2/10/43 with all crew killed :
- Pilot, Paul Tippet;
- Co-pilot, Llewellyn Nemitz;
- Navigator, Edwin Mims;
- Bombardier, Bernie Rice;
- Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Oaks Smith;
- Radio Operator, Tom Richardson;
- Ball turret gunner: Abe Rasch;
- Waist gunner, Hugh Gibney;
- Waist gunner, Bill Greason;
- Tail gunner, Jack Randall;
- Photographer, Carney Rhodes.

Enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea.
Missing Air Crew Report 738.

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  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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


  • Rictor Auman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • William Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Pilot in the 360th Squadron.

  • Frank Bartlett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    12-Feb-42 Assigned to 303BG as an Aerial Gunner at Arrived at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 Trained at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo New Mexico. 7-Aug-42 Finished Advanced training at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 24-Aug-42 transferred with Ground...

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. ...

  • John Farrar

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot of 42-5260 "Yardbird II" on 4-Apr-43. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kent Fitzsimmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    24-Jul-42 Assigned to B-17F #42-24579 'Thumper" 303BG/360BS as a Co-Pilot during Group Advanced Training at Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived with B-17F #42-24579 'Thumper" aircraft at Molesworth, UK. Flew as Co-Pilot on his missions #1 -5 on ...

  • Hugh Gibney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5260 'Yardbird II'. Plane crashed into North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Greason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 Oct 1943 in B-17 #42-5260 'Yardbird II'. Plane crashed into North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Hassler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Erick Lindewall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group

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  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Near Emden, Germany 2 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 15:37:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings, description and mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
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