42-5360 Old Faithful, War Bride

Object Number - UPL 20774 - B-17F/42-5360 as War Bride

Delivered Tulsa 20/11/42; New Castle 13/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-N] 8/1/43; Missing in Action [35m] Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Schwaebe, Co-pilot: Harry Dumse, Navigator: Paul Degnan, Bombardier: Wilburn Wiley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Foreman, Radio Operator: Mark Tudor, Ball turret gunner: Ben Harvey, Waist gunner: Jim Malcolm, Tail gunner: George Lott (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Russ Whitesell (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Goslar, near Detmold, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1926. OLD FAITHFUL aka WAR BRIDE.

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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: 11062232 / O-685554
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
Sergeant Fred Dioquardo of the 303rd Bomb Group stokes the stove inside a hut. Image stamped on reverse: ''Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 28 Jan 1943.' [stamp], '245666.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Stoking the stove in an American Army Air Force hut somewhere in England. Sergeant Fred Dioquardo, of Bayport, Long Island, asked the photographer to send this message back to his parents and fiance Miss H Sherwood , Maple Ave, Long Island: "I will be home when I
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 7071292
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-687563
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39851450
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13121331
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Detmold, Germany 1944-01-11 Crew ordered to bailout around Detmold, Germany. All 10 crew members bailed out, whereas one was later killed, the crew believing he was shot upon reaching the ground. The rest were taken prisoner.

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA

Delivered

Tulsa AAF, OK 1942-11-20 Delivered Tulsa AAF 20-Nov-42.

Assigned

Molesworth, UK 1943-01-08 Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date19 May 2022 09:25:29
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date9 Oct 2020 21:55:16
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date25 May 2020 23:11:09
ContributorCastleBren
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date26 Dec 2018 13:43:30
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date13 Jan 2016 21:27:21
ContributorMags
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:55
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1926 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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