42-2967 Shak Hak

B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42.

Missing in Action 16-Feb-42 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed into the sea off the Brest Peninsula. 10KIA MACR 15116.

Participated in 5 Operations - No Aborts. See Biography events for crew information.

17-Nov-42 Mission #1 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
18-Nov-42 Mission #2 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
3-Jan-43 Mission #3 - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France
23-Jan-43 Mission #4 - U-Boat pens at Lorient, France
16-Feb-43 Mission #5 LAST OPERATION - U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, 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 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726967
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-431245
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37101208
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726886
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17029262
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Mission #1, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942 CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS P CPT William H Breed (RTB); CP 2LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (RTB) N 2LT Homer R. Allen (RTB); B 2LT Homer N. Santerre (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTB) BTG SSGT Alan McGee (RTB); LWG SSGT Samuel D. Easter (RTB) RWG SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTB); TG SSGT James L. Lentz (RTB)

Other

Mission #2, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942 CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS P CPT William H. Breed (RTB); CP 1LT Louis M. Schulstad (RTB) N 2LT Homer R. Allen (RTB); B 2LT Homer N. Santerre (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTB) BTG SSGT Alan McGee (RTB); LWG SSGT Samuel D. Easter (RTB) RWG SSGT Charles L. Roth (RTB); TG SSGT James L. Lentz (RTB)

Other

Mission #3, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1942 CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS P CPT William H. Breed (RTB); CP 2LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (RTB) N 2LT Homer R. Allen (RTB); B 2LT Earl J. DuMont, Jr., (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (RTB); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (RTB) BTG SSGT Mathias A. Kuffel (RTB); LWG SGT Roy C. Loken (RTB) RWG SSGT Billie J. Staner (RTB); TG SSGT James H. Lentz (RTB)

Other

Mission #4, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 23 January 1943 CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS P CPT Jacob W. Fredericks (RTB); CP 2LT Arthur C. Way (RTB) N 1LT Milton S. Fonorow (RTB); B 2LT Otis A. Hoyt (RTB) E/TTG TSGT Michael S Hlastala (RTB); RO SSGT Richard J. Smith BTG SSGT Howard H. Nardine (RTB); LWG SGT Harvie L. Collins (RTB) RWG SGT Henry G. Schneiderman (RTB); TG SSGT Glibert A. Murray, Jr.(RTB)

Other

Mission #5, B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943 CREW B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS P CPT William H. Breed (KIA); CP 2LT Harry T. Sample, Jr. (KIA) N 2LT Homer R. Allen (KIA); B 2LT Homer N. Santerre (KIA) E/TTG TSGT Stanley Putala (KIA); RO TSGT Joseph M. Herbert (KIA) BTG SSGT Mathias A. Kuffel (KIA); LWG SSGT Roy C. Loken (KIA) RWG SGT Michael J. Halpin (KIA); TG SSGT James H. Lentz (KIA)

Other

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

English Channel 16 February 1943 Shot down by fighters and ditched into the English Channel near the Brest Peninsula.

Revisions

Date24 Feb 2016 21:40:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date24 Feb 2016 21:31:04
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date24 Feb 2016 21:23:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date24 Feb 2016 21:14:57
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Hisstorian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date24 Feb 2016 21:06:34
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date24 Feb 2016 20:59:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission Participations list to Description per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date30 Jan 2015 18:31:04
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Added nickname and FTR event description per 303rd BG Mission Report of 16-Feb-43 http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf and MACR 15116 ; Added markings per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Edited Description added Aircraft and nickname, converted dates to military-style signification, added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per 303rd Bomb Group Mission Report of 16-Feb-43; formatted crew display.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:23
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15116 / MACR 4697 & 3302 A / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database