42-29635 Augerhead

media-20039.jpeg UPL 20039 303rd BG, 358th BS, Thompson Crew, Augerhead

Back row, left to right:
T/Sgt James R. Welch (E/LWG),
S/Sgt Donald R. Wilson (WG),
S/Sgt Ralph Nakaniski (BTG),
S/Sgt Charles J. Fulanovich (E/TTG),
T/Sgt Robert J. McGuire (R),
S/Sgt Eldred L. Aubrey (TG)

Front row, left to right:
2Lt James R. McConnen (N),
2Lt Aubrey L. Emerson (CP),
1Lt Frank H. Thompson (P),
1Lt Arni Sumarlidason (CP)

Object Number - UPL 20039 - 303rd BG, 358th BS, Thompson Crew, Augerhead Back row, left to right: T/Sgt James R. Welch (E/LWG), S/Sgt Donald R. Wilson (WG), S/Sgt Ralph...

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 26/3/43. 18 missions. Missing in Action on the mission to bomb the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France on 31 August 1943. Pilot: William J. Monahan; Co-pilot: Louis M. Benepe; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walter Gasser; Ball turret gunner: Alfred R. Buinicky; Left Waist gunner: James H. Comer Jr; Right Waist gunner: Vernon E. Olson (6 Prisoner of War). Navigator: William P. Maher; Bombardier: Walter Hargrove; Radio Operator: Frank Kimotek; Photographer Verdis B. Pryor (4 evaded capture). Tail gunner: Dave Miller (KIA – bailed out but when found his legs had been blown off). Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed ±15km Northeast of Dieppe, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470. "AUGERHEAD".

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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: 17063132 / O-735354
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot / Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11040361
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hell's Angels". Passed for publication 18 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Crew Of "Hell's Angels". Photo Shows:- The crew of the Flying Fortress bomber "Hell's Angels" - left to right (standing) Lieut. Joy, co-pilot of former crew and now temporary pilot of new crew; Lieut. W.J. Monahan, of Dorchester, Mass, new pilot; Lieut. Martin L. Clark, co-pilot, of Dallas, Texas; Lieut. William P. Maher of Manchester, N.H., navi
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11095636
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hell's Angels". Passed for publication 18 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Crew Of "Hell's Angels". Photo Shows:- The crew of the Flying Fortress bomber "Hell's Angels" - left to right (standing) Lieut. Joy, co-pilot of former crew and now temporary pilot of new crew; Lieut. W.J. Monahan, of Dorchester, Mass, new pilot; Lieut. Martin L. Clark, co-pilot, of Dallas, Texas; Lieut. William P. Maher of Manchester, N.H., navi
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35043171
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Hell's Angels". Passed for publication 18 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Crew Of "Hell's Angels". Photo Shows:- The crew of the Flying Fortress bomber "Hell's Angels" - left to right (standing) Lieut. Joy, co-pilot of former crew and now temporary pilot of new crew; Lieut. W.J. Monahan, of Dorchester, Mass, new pilot; Lieut. Martin L. Clark, co-pilot, of Dallas, Texas; Lieut. William P. Maher of Manchester, N.H., navi
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-734678
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

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Events

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Crashed

31 August 1943 Reported as Missing in Action on mission to Amiens-Glisy 31/8/43. Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck, crashed 12 miles E of Abbeville, France. See Missing Air Crew Report 470.

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associated image

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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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Completed names, added details

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Added nickname to nickname field.

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Changed spelling of top turret gunner from 'Walter Quassor' to 'Walter Qassor'.

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Changed spelling of top turret gunner from 'Walt Gasser' to 'Walter Quassor'.

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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 470 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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