42-31483 Bonnie B

Object Number - UPL 26275 - 42-31483 "Bonnie B"

Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-B] Molesworth 1/1/44; 93 missions Missing in Action Stuttgart 5/9/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theron Hayes, Radio Operator: Ed Stemmle, Ball turret gunner: Stan Lloyd, Waist gunner: Jim Gross, Tail gunner: Jim Caperton (9 Returned to Duty), lost one prop and two engines on return; force landed A-20 Reims af, France; Salvaged 12/9/44. BONNIE `B'.

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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 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18057056 / O-724591
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14158537
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18171431
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12174481 / O-551723
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Places

Missions

  • Date: 5 September 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Cheyenne AAF, WY 1943-11-10 Delivered Cheyenne AAF 10-Nov-43.

Assigned

Molesworth UK 1944-01-01 Assigned 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed

Reims A/D, France 1944-09-05 Failed to Return (FTR) Stuttgart 5-Sep-44; lost one prop and two engines on return; force landed A-20 Reims A/D, France. 9 x RTD

Revisions

Date17 May 2022 12:25:45
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date5 Nov 2021 20:31:24
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Updated the Production block number per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17g-20-bo-42-31432-4…

Date5 Nov 2021 20:22:53
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Updated the A/C nickname per info listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date5 Nov 2021 20:20:16
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date22 Jan 2019 13:55:08
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/aircraft.html
Mission 376: Battle Over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo de Jong
Vintage Aircraft Nose Art By Gary Valant
https://keithferrisart.com/product/slow-timing-bonnie-b-lithographic-pr…

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:38
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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