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42-5341

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/12/42; West Palm Beach 9/1/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GH-Q] Molesworth 7/2/43; severe battle damaged Bernberg 20/2/44 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Capt Dick Dubell, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: , Radio Operator: , Ball turret gunner: , Waist gunner: , Waist gunner: Merlin Miller, t/obs-Lt E. Greenwood (10 Returned to Duty); repaired and transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 6/1/45. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45. SCARLET HARLOT aka VAT 69 aka VICIOUS VIRGIN.

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

  • Elmer Brown

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD)*. ETD. ...

  • Richard DuBell

    Military | Captain | Group Leader | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Ernest Greenwood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Hullar

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). 36 x combat missions, ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Ingvald Iverson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Dallas Kendall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Returned from a mission in B-17 42-5434 'Lady Luck', which caught fire on the runway 26-Sep-43. RTD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Kuehl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Eckhart crew. On return from mission to Solingen, Germany, B-17 42-31243 ran out of fuel and ditched in the English Channel where ASR took them to Manston 1-Dec-43. Returned to Duty (RTD). ...

  • Edward McGill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. completed 30 x combat missions. ...

  • Merlin Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). After his tour with 303BG, he volunteered for Pacific duty in B-25's with another unit. ...

  • Harold Mulberry

    Military | Sergeant | Photographic | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 50

    5 April 1943
    The industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is the primary target of this mission. More specifically the Erla aircraft and engine factories are the highest priority. 79 B-17s are depatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (21); 305BG (18); 306BG (20). 64 of the 79 are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

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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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Denver AAF, CO 16 December 1942

Delivered Denver AAF 16-Dec-42;

Assigned Molesworth, UK 7 February 1943

Assigned 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Suffered Severe Battle Damage Bernberg, Germany 20 February 1944

The ship suffered rather severe flak damage, severing the fuel pump lines somewhere around Bernberg. The aircraft aborted the sortie and returned to base.
The crew were unharmed.

Delivered to BAD1 BAD 1 7 April 1944

Upon being repaired, the aircraft was transferred to BAD 1 at Burtonwood.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 09:20:06 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5341-vicious-virgin-aka-scarlet-h...
http://www.303rdbg.com/pp-viciousvirgin.html

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2020 21:52:08 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Changed the order of the nicknames.

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2020 22:41:06 CastleBren Changes to nicknames, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2020 22:51:39 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Removed an extra character from the nickname field.

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2020 22:39:17 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2019 16:08:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5341-vicious-virgin-aka-scarlet-h...
http://www.303rdbg.com/pp-viciousvirgin.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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