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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Lieutenant Reeder and his crew, of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, with their B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed "The Duchess". Printed caption on reverse of print: '61772 AC - Lt. Reeder and crew of the 359th Bomb. Sqd., 303rd Bomb. Group besides a Boeing B-17 "The Duchess", England, 17 July 1943. U.S. Air Force Photo.'



  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • John Hayes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Henry Herod

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • Kenneth Hull

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Ralph Mcclean

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Ellis Mowery

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • D Reeder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Harvey Salk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Henry Swan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • Earl Vermillion

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Flew 25 Missions on 'The Dutchess' DFC/ Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Samuel Wright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner


  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...


  • 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
20 March 2020 08:47:37 CastleBren Changes to person associations and place associations

303rd Bomb Group Records

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