42-5264 Yankee Doodle Dandy

Object Number - UPL 38168 - "Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" nicknamed "Yankee Doodle Dandy". 303rd Bomb Group, England. 4 April 1944." Names / Hometowns adorn the nose: Emil...

Delivered Denver 2/11/42; Saline 15/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Molesworth 1/2/43; landing accident with Bob O’Connor 31/5/43; battle damaged over Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Walter Ames, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woody Monkres, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Stan Moody, Radio Operator: Bob King, Ball turret gunner: Ed Ruppel, Waist gunner: Bill Simpkins (8 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Bob Jeffrey wia-died base hospital,Tail gunner: Ralph Burkart (2KIA-rocket hit stabiliser); on return aircraft force landed at 2AD Watton, Nfk; Returned to the USA Amarillo 3/4/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Stillwater 24/9/45. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.

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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: O-683395
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-523337
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12029136
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner

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Battle Damaged

Oschersleben, Germany 1944-01-11 Hit in the vertical stabilizer by a rocket, blowing a hole the size of the Triangle "C" into the stabilizer. The Tail Gunner was killed, with the Right Waist Gunner dying later dying from wounds. Two other crew members were wounded.

Revisions

Date23 May 2020 19:25:36
ContributorCastleBren
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:55
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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