Frank W Bartlett

Military

Object Number - UPL 47717 - "Crew of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "Yardbird Ii". 303rd Bomb Group, England. 15 May 1943." Rear L-R: Kenneth C Hassler, Lewis E Lyle,...

12-Feb-42 Assigned to 303BG as an Aerial Gunner at Arrived at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 Trained at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo New Mexico. 7-Aug-42 Finished Advanced training at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 24-Aug-42 transferred with Ground Eschelon to Fort Dix, New Jersey in preparation for deployment. 5-Sep-42 boarded the Queen Mary for England. 10-Sep-42 arrived at Greenock, UK. 12-Sep-42 arrived at Molesworth, UK.

3-Jan-43 First mission as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France.

29-May-43 Shot down in B-17 41-24602 "Yardbird" while serving as Tail Gunner on 7th raid over St. Nazaire, France on 26th mission. Spent 6 weeks in the Hermann Goering Luftwaaen Lazarette, transferred to German Prisoner of War (POW) camp Stalag VIIA at Moosburg, Germany. 13-Oct-43 moved to Stalag XVIIB at Braunau-Geinkendorf (near Krems), Austria was in first group of American Prisoner of War (POW)s exchanged. Arrived in NY 22-Sep-44, medical discharge 30 August 1945

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

DFC w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC/ POW

5 Me 109s

Connections

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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

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ooold Soljer
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yardbird II
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yardbird II
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Just For Laughs, Little Woman, Thumper Again
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot 100th Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The devil himself, red ass
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Catlettsburg, Kentucky 23 March 1923

Other

Assigned to Unit

Boise, ID, USA 12 February 1942 Assogned as an Aerial Gunner with the 303BG at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Arrived in UK

Greenock, Inverclyde, UK 10 September 1942 Arrived with the Ground Eschelon at Greenock, UK aboard the Queen Mary.

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Arrived at Station

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 12 September 1942 Arrived at Molesworth, UK with 303BG/360BS Ground Eschelon.

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Mission #1, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1942 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

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Mission #2, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS

Lille, France 13 January 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS

23 January 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorinet, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Other

Mission #5, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severes cold and weather forced Wing Command to recall the entire 303BG formation. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #6, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #7, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #8, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Brest, France 27 February 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #9, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 6 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #10, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5393, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Rennes, France 8 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5393 "Thumper Again", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Rennes, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #11, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Rouen, France 12 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #12, SGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Amiens, France 13 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Other

Promoted in Rank

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 15 March 1943 Promoted in Rank to Staff Sergeant.

Other

Mission #13, SSGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5483 "Red Ass", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yrads at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #14, SSGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Other

Mission #15, SSGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Rouen, France 28 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #16, SSGT Frank W. Bartlett, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS

Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date8 Mar 2016 20:55:58
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:54:18
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:52:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:49:16
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:46:27
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:42:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:30:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Promoted in Rank event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date8 Mar 2016 20:26:24
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:24:51
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:22:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:18:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:15:42
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:13:38
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:11:39
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:07:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:03:28
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 20:00:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 19:58:08
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 19:55:28
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date8 Mar 2016 19:44:46
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Addded Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date8 Mar 2016 19:43:15
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Addded Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date8 Mar 2016 19:26:59
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG webite, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date8 Mar 2016 19:22:11
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 8-Mar-2016. Completed all inforamtion in 1st paragraph, added first mission, added POW locations and dates to Summary Biography. Made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 31-Mar-43), Missions (through 31-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John W. Farrar crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-farrar.html

Date27 Sep 2014 18:10:11
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Roll of Honor

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