41-24584 Susfu

B-17F #41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at Abbey Pleyben near Edern, France. 2 KIA, 6 POW, 2 EVD, MACR 15571. Participated in 6 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events for crew information.

18-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
22-Nov-42 Mission #2 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France
6-Dec-42 Mission #3 - Carriage and wagon works at Lille, France
12-Dec-42 Mission #4 - Railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France - Aborted
30-Dec-42 Mission #5 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France
23-Jan-42 Mission #6 LAST OPERATION - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France (FTR)

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 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34235254
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-659653
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O661444
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20906856
  • Highest Rank: Staff 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: 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)

Brest, France 1943-01-23 Shot down by fighters in the area between Brest, France and the coast.

Other

Mission #6, B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS - FTR

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 CREW of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS P 1LT Harry A. Robey, Jr. (KIA); CP 2LT Mark L. McDermott (EVD) N 2LT Charles R. Grace (POW); B 2LT Roy R. Moser (KIA) E/TTG TSGT Francis Sulcofski (POW); RO SSGT Sebastian L. Vogel (EVD) BTG SGT Wilbur F. Hummel (POW); LWG SGT Val B. Hannen (POW) RWG SGT Thomas H. Morrison (POW); TG SGT Edward T. Levering (POW)

Other

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-18 CREW of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS CMP MAJ Charles C. Sheridan (RTB) ; CP 1LT Donald E. Stockton (RTB) N 2LT Walter M. Soha (RTB); B 2LT Albert W. Diffenbach (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Roy Q. Smith (RTB); RO SSGT Gordon D. Miller (RTB) BTG SGT Durward L. Hinds (RTB); LWG SGT Edward Z. Harmon (RTB) RWG SGT James L. Pennington (RTB); TG SGT Grover W. Henderson (RTB)

Other

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1942-11-22 CREW of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS P 1LT Edward J. Broussard (RTB) ; CP 2LT Benjamin H. Burma (RTB) N 1LT Charles L. Herman (RTB); B 1LT Lyle D. Sherwood (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Edmund L. Smock (RTB); RO SSGT William A. Karanson (RTB) BTG SGT Hudson Choice (RTB); LWG SGT Thomas H. Morrison (RTB) RWG SGT Wilbur F. Hummel (RTB); TG SGT Jack Belk (RTB)

Other

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 1942-12-06 CREW of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS P 1LT Edward J. Broussard (RTB) ; CP 1LT William G. LeFevre (RTB) N 1LT Charles L. Herman (RTB); B 1LT Lyle D. Sherwood (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Edmund L. Smock (RTB); RO SSGT William A. Karanson (RTB) BTG SGT Hudson Choice (RTB); LWG 2LT Roy B. Moser (RTB) RWG SGT Wilbur F. Hummel (RTB); TG SGT Alvin A. Bridges (RTB)

Other

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Rouen, France 1942-12-12 CREW of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS P 1LT Edward J. Broussard (RTB) ; CP 1LT William G. LeFevre (RTB) N 1LT Charles L. Herman (RTB); B 1LT Lyle D. Sherwood (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Edmund L. Smock (RTB); RO SSGT William A. Karanson (RTB) BTG SGT Wilbur F. Hummel (RTB); LWG SGT Alvin A. Bridges (RTB) RWG SGT Thomas H. Morrison (RTB); TG SGT Hudson Choice (RTB)

Other

Mission #5, B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1942-12-30 CREW of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS P 1LT Edward J. Broussard (RTB) ; CP 1LT William G. LeFevre (RTB) N 1LT Charles L. Herman (RTB); B 1LT Lyle D. Sherwood (RTB) E/TTG SSGT Edmund L. Smock (RTB); RO SSGT William A. Karanson (RTB) BTG SGT Hudson Choice (RTB); LWG SGT Thomas H. Morrison (RTB) RWG SGT Alvin A. Bridges (RTB); TG SGT William F. Hummel (RTB)

Revisions

Date18 May 2021 18:45:19
Contributorjmoore43
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date7 Jan 2016 23:03:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date7 Jan 2016 22:52:58
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date7 Jan 2016 22:42:34
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date7 Jan 2016 22:31:55
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date7 Jan 2016 22:20:49
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date7 Jan 2016 22:04:13
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016. Added Mission Participations to Description; made connections to all mission participations; moved Mission #6 crew roster to Biography event notes. Mission particiaption based on my reasearch of 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date20 Jan 2015 21:46:10
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2015. Added markings, nickname, target information and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE. added FTR event , rank, crew position, full proper names and dispositions per MACR 15571; formatted crew display.

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