44-8137

Object Number - UPL 26646 - Captain John E Fletcher and lead crew on bombing mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany, in front of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 44-8137. 427th Bomb...

Delivered Dallas 18/6/44; Langley 23/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Z] Molesworth 26/8/44; Missing in Action Aschaffenburg 21/1/45 with Dick Duffield, Dick Cambron, Gene Shipp, Tom Wilson, Ray Levine, Don Christ, Phil Hensel, John Elliott, Ray White (9 Killed in Action); Jim Flemmons (Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Rottweil, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11759.

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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
  • Service Numbers: 36597852
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19098550
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-822892
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16160999
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37459630
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer

Places

Missions

  • Date: 21 January 1945

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97058) nicknamed "Scorchy II" of the 303rd Bomb Group at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '303 BG Mount Farm.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Scorchy II
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 41st Combat Bomb Wing 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Rottweil, Germany 1945-01-21 Failed to Return (FTR) Aschaffenburg; Mid Air Collision crashed Rottweil, Germany 1 x POW, 9 x POW MACR 11759

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA Built at Vega.

Delivered

Dallas AAF, TX 1944-06-18 Delivered Dallas AAF 18-Jun-44.

Assigned

Molesworth, UK 1944-08-26 Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date16 May 2022 19:32:32
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date11 Dec 2021 20:34:37
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added "B-17" to the Production block number.

Date2 Jan 2020 13:43:41
Contributorphil marchese
Sources

88 shows on image.

Date11 Feb 2019 22:02:32
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:55
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11759 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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