41-24606 Werewolf

B-17 Flying Fortresses, including (VK-H, serial number 41-24606) nicknamed "Werewolf", of the 303rd Bomb Group. On reverse: US Army Examiner [Stamp].

Object Number - FRE 4250 - B-17 Flying Fortresses, including (VK-H, serial number 41-24606) nicknamed "Werewolf", of the 303rd Bomb Group. On reverse: US Army Examiner [Stamp].

B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42.

23-Jan-43 despatched on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target. The pilot, 1LT George J. Oxrider ordered his crew of nine to bail out over the south coast of England after limping home with only one engine operating. He landed "Werewolf" on the grounds of a mental hospital at Dawlish. It was originally thought to be beyond repair. The VIII Service command later decided to repair the B-17 and fly it out. They changed three engines, and cleared trees, walls, and hedges to made a 2,500 foot runway. The take-off was successful and it was flown to Honington Air Depot for further major repairs. On 22 April 43, after repairs were completed, it was transferred to 91BG/401BS where it remained for two months.

There were no bailout or mission injuries. Participated in 4 Operations

17-Nov-42 Mission #1 U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. (see Biography)
30-Dec-42 Mission #2 U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (see Biography)
3-Jan-43 Mission #3 Torpedo Storage Areas at St. Nazaire, France. (see Biography)
23-Jan-43 Mission #4 LAST OPERATION U-Boat pens at Lorient, France and Brest, France. (CL)

Salvaged 23-Jan-43 and repaired at Honington AD then transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 22-Apr-43; no missions 3 AAD Langford Lodge 11-Jun-43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 14-Jun-43; CCRC Bovingdon; Salvaged NBD 18-Jun-45. WEREWOLF.

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
A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • 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: 13031181
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37102509
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15062555
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31029540
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • 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: 17 November 1942
  • Official Description: 35 HBs pound U-boat pens at Saint-Nazaire with 102 tons of bombs.
  • 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

Mission #1 B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-17 CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS P 2LT George J. Oxrider (RTD); CP 2LT Donald W. Hurlburt (RTD) N 2LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 2LT Thomas R. Thomas (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Zeimer (RTD); RO SSGT Everett A. Dasher (RTD) BTG SGT Clifton R. Fincher (RTD); LWG SGT George F. Hall (RTD) RWG SGT Samuel P. Maxwell (RTD): TG SGT James K. Sadler (RTD)

Other

Mission #2 B-17F 42-24606, 303BG/358BS

Lorient, France 1942-12-30 CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS P 1LT George J. Oxrider (RTD); CP 2LT Donald W. Hurlburt (RTD) N 2LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 2LT Earl A. Steele (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Ziemer (RTD); RO SSGT Everett A. Dasher (RTD) BTG SGT Arthur Brunnet (RTD): LWG SGT Theodore C. Heaps (RTD) RWG SGT Samuel P. Maxwell (RTD); TG SSGT James K. Sadler.

Other

Mission #3 B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 2043-01-03 CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS P 1LT Robert J. Nolan (RTD); CP 2LT Richard L. Kruse (RTD) N 2LT Donald L. Grant (RTD); B 2LT Richard R. Hopper (RTD) E/TTG TSGT Roy J. Hively (RTD); RO SSGT Milton Hamill (RTD) BTG SGT Jesse R. Kinney (RTD); LWG SGT James P. Goff (RTD) RWG SGT Jack Lucas (RTD); TG SGT Edward L. DeMuth (RTD)

Other

Mission #4 B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS (CL)

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 CREW B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/358BS P 2LT George J. Oxrider (CL RTD); CP 2LT Donald W. Hurlburt (BO RTD) N 2LT Donald L. Grant (BO RTD); B 2LT Earl A. Steele (BO RTD) E/TTG TSGT Frederick B. Zeimer (BO RTD); RO SSGT Everett A. Dasher (BO RTD) BTG SGT Robert C. Smith (BO RTD); LWG SGT Theodore C. Heaps (BO RTD) RWG SGT Samuel P. Maxwell (BO RTD): TG SGT James K. Sadler (BO RTD)

Other

Crash Landing w/Battle Damage

Dawlish, Devon, UK 1943-01-23 Aircraft sustained battle damage on mission to Lorient, France. limped home on one engine. All crew baled out except pilot who crash landed the aircaft at Dawlish, UK.

Other

Transferred

Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 1943-04-22 - 1943-06-11 Transferred to 91BG/401BS at Bassingbourn, UK. Did not fly any missions with the 91BG. Sent to 3rd Air Depot at Langford Lodge, UK 11-Jun-43.

Other

Transferred

Langford Lodge, 109 Pembroke Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS8 3EU, UK 1943-06-11 - 1943-06-14 Transferred to 3rd Air Depot at Langford Lodge, UK on 11-Jun-43 then sent to 2nd Strategic Arms Depot at Alconbury, UK on 14-Jun-43.

Other

Transferred

Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1943-06-14 - 1943-07-01 Transferred to 2nd Strategic Arms Depot at Alconbury, UK on 14-Jun-43 then posted to 92BG at the Combat Crew Replacement Center, Alconbury on 1-Jul-43.

Other

92BG CCRC

Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1943-07-01 - 1945-07-18 Served at the Combat Crew Replacment Center at Alconbury, UK and used in training until it was sold for scrap on 18-Jun-45

Other

Sold for Scrap

Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1945-06-18 Sold for Scrap in England at Alconbury on 18-Jun-1945.

Revisions

Date10 Mar 2016 21:22:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunninghjam 10-Mar-2016. Added headers to crew displays for missions 1-4.

Date10 Mar 2016 21:19:46
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Mar-2016. Changed initial assignment to Kellog Field per 303BG website records, Gary Moncur, Historian. http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date10 Aug 2015 21:07:02
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added transfer and Salvage events pr "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freement with David Osborne.

Date10 Aug 2015 20:23:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event crw data per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian:http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date10 Aug 2015 20:14:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date10 Aug 2015 20:04:04
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Corrected date on Mission #3

Date10 Aug 2015 19:56:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015 Added Mission #3 event crew data per 303BG website Mission Report of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date10 Aug 2015 19:50:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event crew data per 303BG webiste Mission Reoprt of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date10 Aug 2015 19:42:18
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 10-Aug-43. Added Block Number, Manufacturer, Markings per 303BG website; http://www.303rdbg.com;
Made connections to Units & Missions added Mission #1 to Description and Mission #1 event crew details per 303BG website Mission Report of 17-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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