41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

Object Number - UPL 19176 - B-17F Hell Cat (aka No Monkey Business) 41-24580 (VK-C) 358th BS, 303rd BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew: [In no particular order] 1st Lt Oran T O'Connor...

B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events)

18-Nov-42 Mission #1 U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (see Biography)
22-Nov-42 Mission #2 U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (see Biography)
6-Dec-42 Mission #3 Carriage & Wagon Works, Lille, France - Aborted (see Biography)
12-Dec-42 Mission #4 Railroad marshalling yards, Rouen, France. (see Biography)
20-Dec-42 Mission #5 German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France - Aborted (see Biography)
23-Jan-43 Mission #6 LAST OPERATION U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (see Biography)

Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Sustained damage from flak, #1 engine smoking, #4 engine feathered. Attacked by fighters and shot down in the area between Brest and the coast. 8POW 2EVD. NO MACR was issued for this loss. Also named No Monkey Business at one time.

NOTE: No Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) was ever created to document this loss. Bishop & Hey "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" has it as MACR 15473, but that MACR documents the loss of B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS MIA on 23-Jan-43.

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 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39171219
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13031181
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron 359th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-742149
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726886
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18002084
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 18 November 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC conducts missions against 3 U-boat bases. 19 HBs attack at La Pallice, 13 at Lorient Keroman, and 19 at Saint-Nazaire.
  • 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.

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Mission #1 B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-18 CREW CMP COL James H. Wallace (RTD); CP 2LT Eldon T. Ruppe (RTD) N 2LT Bruce W. Gordon (RTD); B 2LT Anton H. Haas (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Merle S. Mullendore (RTD); RO SGT Norman Hughes (RTD) BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD): LWG SGT Jack Lucas RWG SGT Emile V. Bitter, Jr. (RTD); TG SGT Merlyn D. Rukes (RTD)

Other

Mission #2 B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS

Lorient, France 1942-11-22 CREW P MAJ Charles E. Marion (RTD); CP 1LT Oran T. O'Conner (RTD) CMN CPT Harold Fulghrum (RTD); N 2LT Bruce W. Gordon (RTD) B 1LT A. W. Dieffenbach (RTD); E/TTG TSGT Merle S. Mullendore (RTD) RO SGT Bernard A. Gergash (RTD); BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD) LWG SGT Jack Lucas (RTD); RWG TSGT Bernard H. Koenig (RTD) TG SGT Emile V. Bitter, Jr. (RTD)

Other

Mission #3 B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS - Aborted

Lille, France 1942-12-06 CREW P 1LT Robert S. O'Conner (RTD); CP 1LT Eldon T. Ruppe (RTD) N 2LT Bruce W. Gordon (RTD); B 1LT Earle J. DuMont (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Merle S. Mullendore (RTD); RO SGT Norman Hughes (RTD) BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD); LWG SGT Jack Lucas (RTD) RWG Emile V. Bitter, Jr. (RTD) TG SGT Lester M. Robuck (RTD)

Other

Mission #4 B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS

Rouen, France 1942-12-12 CREW P 1LT Oran T. O'Conner (RTD); CP 2LT Eldon T. Ruppe (RTD) N 2LT Bruce W. Gordon (RTD); B 2LT Earle J. DuMont (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Merle S. Mullendore (RTD); RO SGT Norman Hughes (RTD) BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD); LWG SGT John E. Hill (RTD) RWG SGT Lester M. Robuck (RTD); TG SGT Emile V. Bitter, Jr. (RTD)

Other

Mission #5 B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Aborted

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 1942-12-20 CREW P 1LT Oran T. O'Conner (RTD); CP 1LT Glynn F. Shumake (RTD) N 2LT Bruce W. Gordon (RTD); B 2LT Earle J. DuMont (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Merle S. Mullendore (RTD); RO SGT Norman Hughes (RTD) BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD); LWG Sgt Lester M. Roebuck (RTD) RWG SGT Jack Lucas (RTD) TG SGT Emile V. Bitter, Jr. (RTD)

Other

Mission #6 B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS MIA

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 CREW P 1LT Oran R. O'Conner (POW); CP 2LT Eldon Ruppe (EVD) N 2LT Bruce W. Gordon (EVD); B 2LT Earl J. DuMont, Jt. (POW) E/TTG TSGT Merle S. Mulledore (POW); RO SGT Norman Hughes (POW) BTG SGT Clifton R. Fincher (POW); LWG SGT Jack Lucas (POW) RWG SGT Lester M. Robuck (POW); TG SSGT Frank L. Batterson (POW)

Revisions

Date11 Aug 2015 22:53:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event crew data pere 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date11 Aug 2015 22:06:07
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 20-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date11 Aug 2015 21:57:52
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date11 Aug 2015 21:49:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Made Mission connections and added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date11 Aug 2015 21:26:49
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 22-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date11 Aug 2015 21:17:33
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 18-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date11 Aug 2015 20:55:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Aug-2015. Added Missions #1 thru #6 to Description per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/

Date22 Jan 2015 17:46:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jan-2015. Added NOTE to Description to correct source information for this entry.

Date20 Jan 2015 21:56:52
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Corrected aircraft ID letter.

Date20 Jan 2015 21:54:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added FTR event per MACR 15473

Date20 Jan 2015 21:24:09
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-jan-2015. Added nickname per original ingest data; Converted dates to military-style signification, target information and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added rank, crew position, full proper names and disposition to crew list per MACR 15473; formatted crew display.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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