41-24607 Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?

Ground crewmen of the 303rd Bomb Group work on the engines of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Jerry Jinx". Handwritten caption on reverse: '303BG'.

Object Number - FRE 4215 - Ground crewmen of the 303rd Bomb Group work on the engines of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Jerry Jinx". Handwritten caption on reverse: '303BG'.

B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the target and was ditched into the sea near Lorient, France. Was also named "What's Up Doc" at one time. 10KIA MACR 15473.

MISSIONS - See Biography events for crew information on each mission.
22-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France.
6-Dec-42 Mission #2 - Carriage & wagon works at Lille, France
12-Dec-42 Mission #3 - Railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France
20-Dec-42 Mission #4 - German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France - Aborted
13-Jan-43 Mission #5 - Lille Fives Locomotive Works, Lille, France
23-Jan-43 Mission #6 - LAST OPERATION - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France.

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: 11043689
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39006503
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O726995
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14072775
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6274614
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret 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.

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Mission #1, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 22 November 1942 CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD) N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD) E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD) BTG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); LWG SGT Luther N. Gross RWG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD); TG SSGT A. Bednarchuk (RTD)

Other

Mission #2, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 6 December 1942 CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD) N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD) E/TTG SGT Irwin D Blankenship (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD) BTG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); LWG SGT Luther N. Gross RWG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTD); TG SGT Donald H. Rutt (RTD)

Other

Mission #3, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Rouen, France 12 December 1942 CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD) N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD) E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD) BTG SGT Luther N Gross (RTD); LWG SGT Roger W. Milford RWG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTD); TG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD)

Other

Mission #4, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942 CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD) N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Ewell R. McCright (RTD) E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD) BTG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD); LWG SGT Luther N. Gross RWG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); TG SGT Bernard Jurosek (RTD)

Other

Mission #5, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 13 January 1943 CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (RTD); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (RTD) N 2LT Jarold J. Byrom (RTD); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (RTD) E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton, Jr. (RTD); RO SSGT Donald A. Mayo (RTD) BTG SGT Victor G. Hand (RTD); LWG SGT Bernard Jurosek RWG SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (RTD); TG SGT Luther N. Gross (RTD)

Other

Mission #6, B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 23 January 1943 CREW B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. P 1LT Ehle H. Reber (KIA); CP 2LT Allan D. Mitchell (KIA) N 1LT, Jarold J. Byrom (KIA); B 2LT Robert J. Swindle (KIA) E/TTG SSGT Duke L. Hamilton (KIA); RO SGT Irwin D. Blankenship (KIA) BTG SSGT Donald A. Mayo (KIA); LWG Sgt Luther M. Gross (KIA) RWG SGT Victor G. Hand (KIA); TG Sgt Roger W. Milford (KIA) NOTE: Crew order as listed on MACR 15473 is not in the usual order because the MACR was prepared after the war. Crew positions listed under Mission #7 event were confirmed with the crew roster as defined by the 303rd Bomb Group historian Gary Moncur.

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Lorient, France 23 January 1943 Shot down by AA fire and ditched into the Bay of Biscay near the target of Lorient, France.

Revisions

Date19 Sep 2017 13:48:33
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date21 Jan 2016 00:56:59
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date21 Jan 2016 00:51:00
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

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

Date21 Jan 2016 00:44:56
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date21 Jan 2016 00:39:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date21 Jan 2016 00:28:55
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date21 Jan 2016 00:21:26
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date21 Jan 2016 00:10:26
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added mission history to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report data: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date21 Jan 2015 18:57:54
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added nickname from original data ingest; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR description , target and loss details in Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and dispositions per 303rd Bomb Group crew roster Gary Moncur, historian, also reference MACR 15373; 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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