41-24567 Beats Me

Sergeant Peter Soria of the 303rd Bomb Group swings the propellor of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24567) nicknamed "Beats Me!?". Image stamped on reverse: ‘Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 16 Dec 1942. [stamp] and ‘238766.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Naturally most U.S. boys in Britain wish they were back home and Sergt. Peter Soria of the U.S. Air Corps is no exception. He sends a message to that effect to his home at 172 and Hoyne Aven

Object Number - FRE 1063 - Sergeant Peter Soria of the 303rd Bomb Group swings the propellor of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24567) nicknamed "Beats Me!?". Image...

B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events)

23-Jan-43 - Mission in Action on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft was struck by a bomb dropped from above and crashed in the woods at Bois de Queronic near Pluvinger, France. 7KIA 3POW MACR 15571.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726967
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Air Service Group 358th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726969
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-431245
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-790793
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot, Pilot

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Arrived at Station

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1942-10-16 Arrived at Molesworth, UK.

Other

Mission #7 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 CREW P 1LT Joseph E. Haas (KIA); CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (KIA) N 2LT John H. Embach (POW); B 2LT Ewel R. McCright (POW) E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (KIA); RO SSGT Charles R. Roth (POW) BTG SGT Peter Soria (KIA); LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (KIA) RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (KIA); TG SGT Wayne O. Stevens (KIA)

Other

Mission #1 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-23 CREW P 1LT William H. Breed (RTD): CP 1LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (RTD) N 1LT Homer R. Allen (RTD); B 1LT Homer N. Santerre (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTD): RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTD) BTG SGT Roy C. Loken (RTD); LWG SSGT Samuel D. Easter(RTD) RWG SSGT Mathias A. Kuffel (RTD); TG SSGT James H. Lentz (RTD)

Other

Mission #2 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Lille, France 1942-12-06 CREW P 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTD); CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD) N 2LT John H. Embach (RTD): B 2LT Reinaldo Saiz (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD) RO SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTD) BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD); LWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD) RWG SGT Jerry W. Robins (RTD); TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Other

Mission #3 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 1942-12-20 CREW P MAJ Richard D. Callaway (RTD): CP 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTD) N 1LT John H. Embach (RTD); B 1LT Reinaldo Saiz (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD): RO SSGT Charles L Roth (RTD) BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD); LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD) RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD): TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Other

Mission #4 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Lorient, France 1942-12-30 CREW P 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTD): CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD) N 2LT John H. Embach (RTD); B 2LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD); RO SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTD) BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD): LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD) RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD): TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Other

Mission #5 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 2043-01-03 CREW P 1LT Louis M. Sshulstad (RTD); CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD) N 2LT John H. Embach (RTD): B 1LT Reinaldo Saiz (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Anotne Pacheco (RTD): RO SSGT CHarles L. Roth (RTD) BTG SGT Peter Soria (RTD): LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD) RWG SGT Joseph S. Klasnick (RTD); TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Other

Mission #6 B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS

1943-01-13 CREW P LTC Charles E. Marion (RTD): CP 2LT Roy W. Christianson (RTD) N 1LT Samuel H. Anderson (RTD); CMN CPT Paul G. Moore (RTD) B 1LT Albert W. Dieffenbach (RTD); E/TTG TSGT Antone Pacheco (RTD) RO SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTD); BTG SGT Peter Soria LWG SGT Jerry W. Dobbins (RTD); RWG SSGT John H. Sherman (RTD) TG SSGT Wayne O. Stevens (RTD)

Revisions

Date20 Aug 2015 22:32:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of1 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 22:23:41
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 22:16:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 22:08:00
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 20-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 21:58:07
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 21:48:02
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 21:37:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Mission #7 event crew details per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date20 Aug 2015 21:33:08
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Aug-2015. Added Operations participation per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, HIstorian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html. Added Arrived at Station per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Stroy", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date20 Jan 2015 21:51:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added FTR event per MACR 15571.

Date20 Jan 2015 21:01:53
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added nickname and added target and loss details to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15571.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15571 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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