42-5483 The devil himself, red ass

A B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Kicking Horse" of the 303rd Bomb Group takes off with a feathered engine. Handwritten caption on reverse: ''Kicking Horse' of 303BG. Received 7/7/1944.' On reverse: Daily Graphic [Stamp, ref. no. M4226L].

Object Number - FRE 4241 - A B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Kicking Horse" of the 303rd Bomb Group takes off with a feathered engine. Handwritten caption on reverse: ''Kicking...

Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Kiebish, Radio Operator: Irwin Johnson, Tail gunner: Bill Perryman (7 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Chas Garneau, Waist gunner: Bill Steele, Ball turret gunner: Howard Payton RIP 20/12/44 of illness, Waist gunner: Dave Hoffman (3 Prisoner of War); flak and enemy aircraft, crashed Renslage, six miles W of Quackenbruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1656. THE DEVIL HIMSELF aka RED ASS.

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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: 15068650
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-675406
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20321821 / O-734072
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • 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 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728461
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

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Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1943-11-29

Revisions

Date10 Oct 2020 01:02:59
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date28 Feb 2015 15:12:00
Contributorbombercommand
Sources

American Air Museum

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:56
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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