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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Kiebish, Radio Operator: Irwin Johnson, Tail gunner: Bill Perryman (7 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Chas Garneau, Waist gunner: Bill Steele, Ball turret gunner: Howard Payton RIP 20/12/44 of illness, Waist gunner: Dave Hoffman (3 Prisoner of War); flak and enemy aircraft, crashed Renslage, six miles W of Quackenbruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1656. THE DEVIL HIMSELF aka RED ASS.



  • 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


  • 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...

  • Finis Brumbeloe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5483 'Red Ass', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Cogswell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations. ...

  • Harvie Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O],"Snap!, Crackle!" Pop!" 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico but did not arrive at Molesworth with the rest of the crew. 303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Herman Currie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    18-Mar-43 First mission despatched on mission to Vegesack, Germany, a strongly fortified shipbuilding region as Bombardier of B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS. The aircraft, piloted by 1LT Loyd D. Griffin, returned from mission with an excellent wheels up...

  • Kenneth Davey

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK. He may have been transferred from another group. ...

  • Milton Fonorow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo, New Mexico. 15-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. Mission participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events

  • Charles Garneau

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-5483 'Red Ass', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Loyd Griffin

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as Pilot 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 records....

  • James Groves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

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  • 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) Germany 29 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
10 October 2020 01:02:59 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description

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

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 15:12:00 bombercommand Changes to media associations

American Air Museum

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database