Jack Belk

Military

Object Number - UPL 32272 - "Lead crew on bombing mission to Meaulte, France, pose beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 303rd Bomb Group, England. 13 May 1943." Rear L-R:...

1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK. He may have been assigned to some type of ground duty and only flew as a substitute for other gunners on various B-17s of 427BS.

Mission Participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

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

People

Baseball player Captain Billie Southworth, a pilot of the 303rd Bomb Group plays ball beneath the wings of his B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '274987.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Ball player in US Army Air Force in Britain. Among well known Americans in the atheletic world serving with the US army Air Force in Britain is Captain Billie Southworth, pilot of a Fortress bomber. He is the son of
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-424792
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Memphis Tot
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Susfu
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Bad Check
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Joe Btfsplk II
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: S-for-Sugar
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.
  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.
  • Date: 30 December 1942
  • Official Description: 40 HBs hit submarine base at Lorient, which now shows cumulative effect of repeated bombardment.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Assigned to Unit

Boise, ID, USA 1942-05-01 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Mission #1, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1942-11-22 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 1942-12-06 Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 1942-12-20 Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Rommilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1942-12-30 Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #5, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1943-01-03 Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #6, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 1943-01-13 Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #7, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 1943-01-27 Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #8, SGT Jack Belk, w/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Osnabrück, Germany 1943-02-04 Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.
Temple, TX, USA

Revisions

Date20 Mar 2018 19:33:59
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Key Image ID.

Date9 Mar 2017 15:37:01
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Key Image ID from FRE 997.

Date9 Mar 2017 14:18:07
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Key Image ID from FRE 997.

Date23 Feb 2016 22:39:46
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date23 Feb 2016 22:36:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date23 Feb 2016 22:32:43
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Made connections to 41-24610 and 42-2966 and Missions of 27-Jan-43 and 4 Feb-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date20 Jan 2016 23:54:48
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date20 Jan 2016 23:52:41
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date20 Jan 2016 23:49:51
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date20 Jan 2016 23:47:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date20 Jan 2016 23:44:04
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date20 Jan 2016 23:41:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date20 Jan 2016 23:37:55
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, 303BG personnel roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date20 Jan 2016 23:35:58
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Jan-2016. Added Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43), Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, 303BG personnel roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date27 Sep 2014 18:13:43
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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