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42-5393

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43; with Bill Heller, Co-pilot: John Coppom, Navigator: Jim Zwayer, Bombardier: John DeSouso, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Huston, Radio Operator: Felix Spoerri, Ball turret gunner: George Payne, Waist gunner: Leon Lanier, Waist gunner: Melvin Schultz, Tail gunner: Tony Laurintis (10 Returned to Duty); transferred 100BG ex-2SAD 4/3/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 18/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10/45. JUST FOR LAUGHS aka LITTLE WOMAN aka THUMPER AGAIN.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Joseph Bradbury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5468 'Quinine The Bitter Dose. ' RTD

  • John Coppom

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on Black Thursday Mission to the VKF Ball Bearing Plant in Schweinfort as Co-pilot with William C. Heller. 15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393. DFC; Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; ETO w/battle star

  • John DeSouso

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

  • 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. ...

  • William Heller

    Military | Colonel | Pilot ; Squadron Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Completed 35+ missions went on to fly with Luftstanda Airlines for 15 years, met Gen. Galland on one of his flights and became good friends. He flew as an airline captain with other airlines for a total of 35 years. Was also chief pilot, FAA & CAA...

  • Paul Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as and Aerial Gunner of B-17F 42-5434 [PU-J] "Lady Luck" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The date of his arrival at Molesworth, UK nor the aircraft on which he arrived there could not be determined from 303BG...

  • William Huston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

  • James Kelley

    Military | Major | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5468 'Quinine The Bitter Dose. ' RTD Silver Star, Purple Heart, DFC, Air Medal w 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Frank Kulesa

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-1742-5434 'Lady Luck' returned from a mission and caught fire on the runway. 26-Sep-43 RTD. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: SS, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Little Staughton

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 potentially as a USAAF bomber base, Little Staughton had three concrete runways, 37 hardstandings, two dispersed T2 hangars and eight Robin hangars. Occupied temporarily from December 1942 by the Advanced Air Depot of the 1st Bomb...

  • 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...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Delivered 9100 E 46th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA 29 November 1942

Delivered Tulsa 29-Nov-42.

Assigned Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 25 February 1943

Assigned 360BS,303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Luffenham, Oakham LE15, UK 15 October 1943

Landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15-Oct-43. 10 x RTD.

To 2SAD Little Staughton, Bedford MK44 2BT, UK November 1943

To 2 Supply Air Depot.

Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, Diss IP21 4JA, UK 4 March 1944

Transferred 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned ZI 3001 S Douglas Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73130, USA 18 June 1944

Returned to Zone of the Interior. Tinker AAF 18-Jun-44.

Sold to Scrap Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport, 509 S. Main Street, Altus, OK 73521, USA 4 October 1945

(sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4-Oct-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2020 18:36:19 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and nicknames
Sources

Updated Production block number and nickname per info on the web.
Source: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5393-just-for-laughs-aka-little-w...

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 15:24:55 phil marchese Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM associated images.
VIII AFSC modification lists, Feb/Mar.
1943.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 15:21:05 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM associated images.
VIII AFSC modification lists, Feb/Mar.
1943.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2018 14:58:16 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/360stallings.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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