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303rd BG 358th BS Lead Crew Dec 20 1943, Sky Wolf #41-24562

Back row, left to right:
Maj G.F. Shumake (CP),
Capt D. Gamble (P),
1Lt W.D. McSween (N),
1Lt W.T. Sweet (B),
2Lt J.R. Burns (TG-O)

Front row, left to right:
S/Sgt N. Vaughn (WG),
T/Sgt R.J. McGuire (R),
S/Sgt C.S. Schmeltzer (WG),
S/Sgt R.G. Scharch (BT),
T/Sgt C.E. Wagner (E)



  • 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...


  • James Burns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 385BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters prior to the IP and crashed WSW of Dinant, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-97509 'Old Hickory'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2864 ...

  • Donald Gamble

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Robert McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William McSween

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Richard Scharch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radioman
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Schmeltzer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Glynn Shumake

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Airplane Commander
    Had no assigned combat crew. Flew 35 combat missions. On last mission was hit by flak and crash landed. Immediately captured by German troops and became Prisoner of War (POW). this was 30 Mar '45. Was appointed 358th Operations Officer in 1942 and...

  • Norville Vaughn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Clyde Wagner

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer


  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...


  • 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
23 November 2017 10:17:01 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations

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Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 20:24:56 Mags Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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