41-24569 Memphis Tot

The tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-V, serial number 41-24569) nicknamed "Memphis Tot" of the 427th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, shot down near Zwolle. Handwritten caption on reverse: '124569. Memphis Tot. SD. 4/2/43. 427BS. Near Zwolle.'

Object Number - FRE 4271 - The tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-V, serial number 41-24569) nicknamed "Memphis Tot" of the 427th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, shot down...

B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42.

Missing in Action 4-Feb-43 The primary target was to be the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, secondary target was to be the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, and the the port area of Emden, Germany was the target of last resort. Hamm and Osnabruck were obscured by clouds, so Emden was attacked. The aircraft sustained severe damage from enemy fighters and crash-landed in the Waddenzee, five miles north-east of Den Helder, Holland. 3KIA 7POW 1DIC MACR 15348.

Participated in the following 9 Operations (4 were aborted):
(See Biography events for crew information)

22-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France - Aborted.
6-Dec-42 Mission #2 - Carriage and wagon works at Lille, France - Aborted.
12-Dec-42 Mission #3 - Railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France.
20-Dec-42 Mission #4 - German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France.
30-Dec-42 Mission #5 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France.
13-Jan-43 Mission #6 - Lille Fives Losomotive Works, Lille, France.
23-Jan-43 Mission #7 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France - Aborted.
2-Feb-43 Mission #8 - Railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany.
4-Feb-43 Mission #9 LAST OPERATION - Industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany

Connections

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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 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18058462
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19062629
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17030785
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-724125
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6147027
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.
  • Date: 12 December 1942
  • Official Description: 17 HBs bomb Rouen-Sotteville M/Y. Bad weather prevents large attack planned for air installations at Romilly-sur-Seine.
  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.
  • Date: 30 December 1942
  • Official Description: 40 HBs hit submarine base at Lorient, which now shows cumulative effect of repeated bombardment.

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Waddenzee 1943-02-04 Sustained damage from fighter attacks and crash-landed in the Waddenzee, five miles north-east of Den Helder, Holland.

Assigned

Bangor, ME, USA 1942-10-05 Assigned to 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1942-10-22 Aircraft arrived at Molesworth, UK. The original crew that flew the aircraft to the UK was: P CPT Lloyd R. Cole; CP 2LT Robert N. McCune N 2LT Robert P. Driggs; B 2LT Edward N. Bryant E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton; RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas BTG SGT Arch Witte, Jr.; WG SSGT Alarence S. Coomes TG SGT Philip J. Callery; Operations Officer CPT Edgar E. Snyder This crew had originally been assigned on 1-May-42 to B-17F 41-24629 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/247BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Lorient, France 1942-11-22 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS P CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB); CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (RTB) N 2LT Charles R. Grice (RTB); B Not carried E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton (RTB); RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr. (RTB); LWG SSGT Clarence S. Coomes (RTB) RWG SGT Merel D. Bradley (RTB); TG SGT Philip J. Callery (RTB)

Other

Mission #2, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Lille, France 1942-12-06 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS Command P LTC George L. Robinson (RTB); P CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB) CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (RTB); N 2LT Robert P. Driggs (RTB) Command N 1LT Samuel H. Anderson (RTB); B 2LT Edward N. Bryant (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton (RTB); RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr. (RTB); LWG SGT James R. Van Etten (RTB) RWG SGT Edward T. Levering (RTB); TG SGT Philip J. Callery (RTB)

Other

Mission #3, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS

Rouen, France 1942-12-12 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS Command P LTC George L. Robinson (RTB); CP CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB) N 2LT Robert P. Driggs (RTB); B 2LT Albert W. Diffenbach (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton (RTB); RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr., (RTB); LWG SGT James R. Van Etten (RTB) RWG SSGT Clarence S. Coomes (RTB); TG SGT Philip J. Callery (RTB)

Other

Mission #4, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 1942-12-20 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS P CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB); CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (RTB) N 2LT Robert P Driggs (RTB); B 2LT Edward N. Bryant (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Lucian W. Means, Jr., (RTB); RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB) BTG SGT Jack Belk (RTB); LWG SGT James R. Van Etten (RTB) RWG SSGT Clarence S. Coomes (RTB); TG SGT Philip J. Calley (RTB)

Other

Mission #5, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1942-12-30 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS. P MAJ Charles C. Sheridan (RTB); CP CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch (RTB) N 2LT Walter M. Soha (RTB); B 2LT Roy R. Moser (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Charles E. Zipfel (RTB); RO SSGT Gordon D. Miller (RTB) BTG SGT Edward T. Levering (RTB); LWG SGT Edward Z. Harmon (RTB) RWG SGT James L. Pennington (RTB); TG SGT George W. Henderson (RTB)

Other

Mission #6, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 1943-01-13 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS. P CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB); CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (RTB) N 2LT Robert P. Driggs (RTB); B 1LT Lyle D. Sherwood (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton (RTB); RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr. (RTB); LWG SSGT Clarence S. Coomes (RTB) RWG SGT Phillip J. Callery (RTB); TG SGT James R Van Etten (RTB) N CPT Glenn E. Hagenbuch (RTB); B 1LT Lyle C. Sherwood (RTB) E/TTG 2LT Edward N. Bryant (RTB); RO SSGT Gordon D. Miller (RTB) BTG SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB); LWG SGT James L. Pennington (RTB) RWG SGT Edward T. Levering (RTB); TG SGT Jack Belk (RTB)

Other

Mission #7, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS. P CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB); CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (RTB) N 2LT Robert P. Driggs (RTB); B 2LT Edward N. Bryant (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton (RTB); RO SSGT Dale F. Brandfas (RTB) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr. (RTB); LWG SGT Phillip Callery (RTB) RWG SSGT Clarence S. Coomes (RTB); TG SGT James R. Van Etten (RTB)

Other

Mission #8, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Hamm, Germany 1943-02-02 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS. P CPT Lloyd R. Cole (RTB); CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (RTB) N 2LT Robert P. Driggs (RTB); B 2LT Edward N. Bryant (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Bliss D. Purinton (RTB); RO TSGT Gordon D. Miller (RTB) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr. (RTB); LWG SSGT Clarence S. Coomes (RTB) RWG SGT Phillip Callery (RTB); TG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTB)

Other

Mission #9, 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - FTR

Osnabrück, Germany 1943-02-04 Crew 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS. P CPT Lloyd Cole (DOW-DIC); CP 2LT Robert N. McCune (KIA) N 1LT Robert P. Driggs (POW); B CPT Edward N. Bryant (POW) E/TTG SSGT Bliss D. Purinton (POW); RO TSGT Gordon D. Miller (POW) BTG SSGT Arch Witte, Jr., (POW); LWG SSGT James L. Pennington (KIA) RWG SGT James R. Van Etten (KIA); TG SSGT Phillip J. Callery (POW)

Revisions

Date19 Feb 2016 23:39:30
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 22:24:46
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 22:17:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 22:10:27
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 22:00:19
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 21:35:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 21:25:49
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 21:15:31
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 21:01:20
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date19 Feb 2016 20:49:28
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne and 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Lloyd R. Cole crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-cole.html

Date19 Feb 2016 20:34:56
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date19 Feb 2016 20:23:37
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2016. Added Mission Participations to Summary Biography; made connections to ALL Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date28 Jan 2015 20:13:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015. Added "Dean" to George Dean Miller in crew list per original data ingest and in resolution of a DUPLICATE entry by Paul Andrews Project Bits and Pieces.

Date27 Jan 2015 18:49:43
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added nickname and markings per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added FTR event, rank, crew position, full proper name and dispositions per MACR 15348; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Edited Description with target information per 303BG Mission Report of 4-Feb-43, converted dates to military-style signification.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15348 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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