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42-5723

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F-5-VE 42-5723 [PU:D] was delivered Long Beach 30-Sep-42; Tulsa 4-Oct-42; Wayne 5-Nov-42; Salina 27-Nov-42; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] at Molesworth, UK 13-Feb-43; battle damaged over Vegasak on 18-Mar-43 crash landed with wheels up in field four miles south of the base; Salvaged 19-Mar-43. 10RTD. No MACR issued.

Participated in 5 Operations (NO aborts) See Biography events for crew information.

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ellera Corwin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Ellera volunteered for military service as the US entered the war, and aimed to serve in the Army Air Corps. Eventually he went through navigator school, completed it, and served on the B-17 numbered 42-5262 (PU-F) 303BG/360BS. ...

  • 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...

  • William Eason

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret 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...

  • Samuel Edwards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    13-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17 42-5434 [PU-J] "Lady Luck" 360BS, 303BG 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...

  • Everett Friese

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    9-Feb-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F 42-5262, 303BG/360BS at Molesworth, UK. 303BG records do not indicate that he was in the original complement of aircraft and crews of the 303BG at Molesworth, UK in October 1942. It seems likely that he was...

  • 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....

  • Claude Hamilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-Apr-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 303BG records do not indicate that he was assigned to a particular aircraft at that time. Neither do the indicate on what date he arrived at Molesworth, UK nor by...

  • 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 Kahlden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    9-Feb-42 Assigned as Bombardier on B-17F 42-5262, 303BG/360BS at Molesworth, UK. 303BG records do not indicate that he was in the original complement of aircraft and crews of the 303BG at Molesworth, UK in October 1942. It seems likely that he was part...

  • Joseph Klasnick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-Apr-42 303BG website personnel records have SGT Joseph F. Klasnick assigned as an Aerial Gunner with the crew of Louis M. Schulstad probably on B-17 41-24567 "Beats Me" 303BG/360BS. However, the records do not indicate that he stayed with that...

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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 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  • 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 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

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
Mission #1, B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

CREW B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS

P 1LT Loyd D. Griffin (RTB); CP 2LT Walter C. Swanson (RTB)
N 2LT William M. Preston (RTB); B 2LT Robert L. Taylor (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT William M. Eason (RTB); RO TSGT Vernon E. Schwartz (RTB)
BTG SSGT Louis W. Rheaume (RTB); LWG SSGT Claude A. Hamilton (RTB)
RWG SGT Paul E. Henderson (RTB): TG SSGT Lynwood D. Weigand (RTB)

Mission #2, B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Brest, France 27 February 1943

CREW B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS

P 1LT Martin E. Plocher (RTB); CP 2LT Clair A. Tyler (RTB)
N 2LT Ellera J. Corwin (RTB); B 2LT William F. Kahlden (RTB)
E/TTG SSGT Edwin L. Matheson (RTB); RO TSGT Everett E. Friese (RTB)
BTG SSGT Theodore G. Swanson (RTB); LWG SGT Robert L. Stevenson (RTB)
RWG TSGT Henry R. Legge (RTB); TG SSGT August E. Tornow (RTB)

Mission #3, B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Rennes, France 8 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS

P 1LT Loyd D. Griffin (RTB); CP 2LT Walter C. Swanson (RTB)
N 2LT William M. Preston (RTB); B 2LT Robert L. Taylor (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT William M. Eason (RTB); RO TSGT Vernon E. Schwartz (RTB)
BTG SGT Robert Plummer (RTB); LWG SGT Paul E. Henderson (RTB)
RWG SSGT Samuel L. Edwards (RTB): TG SSGT Lynwood D. Weigand (RTB)

Mission #4, B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Amiens, France 13 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS

P 1LT Loyd D. Griffin (RTB); CP 2LT Walter C. Swanson (RTB)
N 2LT William M. Preston (RTB); B/TOG SSGT Claude A. Hamilton (RTB)
E/TTG TSGT William M. Eason (RTB); RO TSGT Vernon E. Schwartz (RTB)
BTG SGT Robert Plummer (RTB); LWG SGT Joseph S. Klasnick (RTB)
RWG SSGT Samuel L. Edwards (RTB): TG SSGT Lynwood D. Weigand (RTB)

Mission #5, B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

CREW B-17F 42-5723, 303BG/360BS

P 1LT Lloyd D. Griffin (RTD); CP 1LT Walter C. Swanson (RTD)
N 1LT William M. Preston (RTD); B 1LT Herman C. Currie (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT William M. Easton (RTD); RO TSGT Vernon E. Schwartz (RTD)
BTG SGT Robert Plummer (RTD); LWG SSGT Claude A. Hamilton (RTD)
RWG SSGT Samuel L. Edwards (RTD) TG SSGT Lynwood D. Viegand (RTD)

Crashed Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 18 March 1943

Sustained battle damage on mission to Vegesack, Germany made a wheels-up landing upon return in a field four miles south of the base at Molesworth, UK. Aircraft salvaged, crew OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 19:48:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 19:44:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 19:38:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 19:31:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 19:21:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Added Mission 31 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 19:11:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Mar-2016. Made connections to All Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, 303BG Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2015 19:55:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Aug-2015. Added Block Number, Manufacturer and Markings per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made Connetions to Unit, Place and Mission within existing website data; Converted dates in decription to military-syle signification; Added crew position, rank, full proper name, and disposition of all crw memebers and formatted crew display per 303BG website Mission Report of 18-Mar-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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