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42-5780

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 27/1/43; Denver 1/2/43; Salina 10/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-N] Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Jay Sterling, Radio Operator: Harley Fields, Ball turret gunner: Art McCormick, Waist gunner: Dan Cashman, Waist gunner: Bill Whalon,Tail gunner: Jesse Cleavelin (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Neill, Bombardier: Dave Parker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Powell Griffin (3 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Harry Roach (EVD-returned UK 29/6/43); enemy aircraft, exploded and crashed St Pere-en-Retz, near St Nazaire. BLACK SWAN.

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

  • Daniel Cashman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #425780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of...

  • Jessie Cleavelin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Cormick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Harley Fields

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #425780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of...

  • Powell Griffin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5780 'Black Swan' on a mission to U-Boat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA), 3 Prisoner of War (POW) and 1 Evaded ...

  • John Neill

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of...

  • David Parker

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5780 'Black Swan' on a mission to U-boat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of War (POW) and 1 evaded....

  • Harry Roach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Evaded. Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 42-5780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of War (POW) and...

  • Jay Sterling

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 42-5780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of...

  • William Whalon

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #425780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 1 May 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15727 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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