41-24585 Wulfe-Hound

A B-17F Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24585) formerly of the 303rd Bomb Group, in Luftwaffe markings after being captured by the Germans. Handwritten caption on reverse: '303BG lost 12/12/42.'

Object Number - FRE 8941 - A B-17F Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24585) formerly of the 303rd Bomb Group, in Luftwaffe markings after being captured by the Germans....

B-17F #41-24585 "Wulfe-Hound" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-B] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Missing in Action Rouen-Sotteville 12-Dec-42 sustained damage from enemy aircraft, force landed in a field in France. Was removed and repaired by the Germans and flew with KG200. No MACR issued. 4 POW 6 EVD. Aircraft participated in 3 Operations. (See Biography events)

18-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens, St. Nazaire, France (See Biography)
6-Dec-42 Mission #2 - Carriage & Wagon Works, Lille, France (See Biography)
12-Dec-42 LAST OPERATION Mission #3 Railroad marshalling yards, Rouen, France. (See biography)

First B-17 captured by Luftwaffe restored at Rechlin, Ger. and used for affiliation and demonstration duties, then assigned to I./KG200 as A3+AE in Sep 43. Transferred to ELG at Wadi Tamet, Libya as part of the station coded Traviata to study British troop movements, but on 16-Apr-44 was low on fuel and pilot Ober Lt Dumke slightly injured was forced to ditch in shallow water in Bay of Kalamata with no loss to crew.

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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: 19003449
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38036701
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-430992
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18057511
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11020638
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Places

Missions

  • 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.

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Crew Assigned

Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 23 June 1942 Original Crew: P 1LT Paul F. Flickinger CP 2LT Jack E. Williams N 2LT Gilbert T. Schowalter B 2LT Beverly R. Polk E/TTG TSGT William A. Whitman RO SSGT Iva L. Fegette BTG SGT Joseph R. Sunderlin LWG SSGT Arnold H. Schlotfelt RWG CPL Brondle E. Kinyon TG SGT Lincoln T. O'Connell.

Other

Arrived at Station

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 14 October 1942 B-17F 41-24585, 303BG/360BS arrived at Molesworth, UK with the following crew: P 1LT Paul F. Flickinger CP 2LT Jack E. Williams N 2LT Gilbert T. Schowalter B 2LT Beverly R. Polk E/TTG TSGT William A. Whitman RO SSGT Iva L. Fegette BTG SGT Joseph R. Sunderlin LWG SSGT Arnold H. Schlotfelt TG SGT Lincoln T. O'Connell. CPL Brondle E. Kinyon had been deleted from the crew prior to 303BG leaving for England and was reassigned to the 360th BS Armament Unit at Molesworth.

Other

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24585, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942 CREW P 1LT Paul F. Flickinger (RTB); CP 2LT Jack E. Williams (RTB) N 2LT Gilbert T. Schowalter (RTB); B 2LT Beverly R. Polk (RTB) E/TTG TSGT William A. Whitman (RTB); RO SSGT Iva L. Fegette (RTB) BTG SGT Joseph R. Sunderlin (RTB); LWG SSGT Arnold H. Schlotfelt RWG Lincoln T. O'Connell (RTB); TG TSGT William B. Stamper (RTB).

Other

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24585, 303BG/360BS

Lille, France 6 December 1942 P 1LT Paul F. Flickinger (RTB); CP 2LT Jack E. Williams (RTB) N 2LT Gilbert T. Schowalter (RTB); B 2LT Beverly R. Polk (RTB) E/TTG TSGT William A. Whitman (RTB); RO SSGT Iva L. Fegette (RTB) BTG SSGT Alan E. Magee (RTB); LWG TSGT William R. Stamper (RTB) RWG Marvin L. Milliam (RTB); TG SSGT James I. Gordon.(RTB).

Other

Mission #3 B-17F 41-24585, 303BG/360BS

Rouen, France 12 December 1942 CREW P 1LT Paul F. Flickinger (POW); CP 2LT Jack E. Williams (EVD) N 2LT Gilbert T. Schowalter (EVD); B 2LT Beverly R. Polk (EVD) E/TTG TSGT William A. Whitman (EVD); RO SSGT Iva L. Fegette (EVD) BTG SGT George N Dillard (POW); LWG TSGT Frederick A. Hartung (EVD) RWG SGTNorman P. Therrien (EVD); TG SSGT Kenneth J. Kurtenbach (POW)

Revisions

Date2 Dec 2020 04:11:07
Contributorjmoore43
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Added spaces in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date5 Aug 2018 00:18:51
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Personal discussions and pictures from my grandfather, William A. Whitman, engineer and top turret gunner on B-17 41-24585 "Wulfe-Hound."

Date5 Aug 2018 00:06:32
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Personal discussions and pictures from my grandfather, William A. Whitman, engineer and top turret gunner on B-17 41-24585 "Wulfe-Hound."

Date4 Aug 2018 23:33:09
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Personal discussions and pictures from my grandfather, William A. Whitman, engineer and top turret gunner on B-17 41-24585 "Wulfe-Hound."

Date7 Dec 2015 20:47:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date7 Dec 2015 20:39:00
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reoport of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date7 Dec 2015 20:28:20
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date7 Dec 2015 20:12:37
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2015. Added Arrival at station event with crew changes per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Paul F. Flickinger crew page.: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-flickenger.html.

Date7 Dec 2015 19:59:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2015. Added Original Crew event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Paul F. Flickenger crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-flickenger.html

Date7 Dec 2015 19:41:31
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2015. Added Mission participation to Description per research of 303BG Mission Reports at the 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian.

Date3 Dec 2014 21:19:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-2014. Description corrected as to forced landing location in France rather than Holland as originally reported in the data ingest. Correction based on 'Losses of the 9th & 9th AIr Forces' Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date10 Nov 2014 18:39:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Nov-2014. Confirmation of Bishop & Hey crash account form E&E Reports. (NARA).

Date10 Nov 2014 17:51:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Nov-2014. Description note added.

Date10 Nov 2014 17:37:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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