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B-17F Hell Cat (aka No Monkey Business) 41-24580 (VK-C) 358th BS, 303rd BG, 8AF USAAF.
Crew: [In no particular order]
1st Lt Oran T O'Connor (Pilot), 2nd Lt Eldon T Ruppe (CoPilot), 2nd Lt Bruce W Gordon (Nav),
2nd Lt Earl J Dumont, Jr. (Bomb), Capt Richard E Van Holdt (Group Weather Officer), T/Sgt Bernard H Koenig (Eng), Sgt Bernard A Gergash (Radio), Sgt Sidney V Hall (Gunner), Sgt Jesse R Kinney (Gunner), Sgt Frank L Batterson (Tail).



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • Frank Batterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    On 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 'Hell Cat', 303BG/358BS while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was downed by fighters near Brest. He was able to parachute to safety and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). Participated in 7 Operations -...

  • Earle Dumont

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24580 [VK-C] "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Hellcat Agnes" ...

  • Bernard Gergash

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down by flak and fighters 18th March 1943 in B-17F 41-24558 [VK:F] 'Hunga Dunga', 303BG/358BS while serving as Radio Operator. Target was submarine yards at Vegesack, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Participated in 13 operations (2 aborts) with...

  • Bruce Gordon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    On 3 Jan 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 'Hellcat Agnes' while serving as Navigator the aircraft was downed by fighters near Brest, France while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. He parachuted to safety and managed to evade capture,...

  • Sidney Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5432 'The Hunting Club', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jesse Kinney

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Bernard Koenig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Evaded. . Shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson who were killed.

  • Oran O'Connor

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    On 23 Jan 43 in B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" while serving as Pilot the aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters while on a mission to Lorient, France. Was last seen with #4 engine feathered and #1 engine smoking. Went down in region between Brest...

  • Eldon Ruppe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    On 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 'Hellcat Agnes' while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft was downed by enemy fighters near Brest, France. 2Lt Ruppe parachuted to safety and managed to evade capture returning to England on 14-Mar-43. The record of...

  • Richard Von Holdt

    Military | Captain


  • 41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events) ...


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 18:14:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations