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Lead crew on bombing mission to Wesseling, Germany, beside Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 44-8038. 427th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. England, 11 October 1944.



  • 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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • MacChesney Desmond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained bomber combat operations over Germany and German-occupied countries. LT. Desmond was from Simsbury, CT. Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Selwyn Flowers

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot

  • John Harris

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot

  • Richard Healy

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Charles Howell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD).

  • Edwin Katz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Mission to Mannheim, hit by flak, his body returned aboard 44-8484. 13-Jan-45, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Joseph Kiely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Kopriva

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lewis McCormick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Merseburg, aboard B-17G 43-38705 murdered by German civilians near Frankleben, according Swiss Red Cross report. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11199. Awards: PH.

  • Howard Tollack

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Progressed to Path finding. Credited 25 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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  • 44-8038

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/5/44; Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 3/7/44; Grenier 1/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG Bassingbourn 2/8/44; transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-Z] Molesworth 10/44; landing accident with Wallace Wildstein 27/3/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46.


  • 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...


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05 March 2017 16:16:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations