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



  • 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


  • Vincent De Liso

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) , mission to Altenbecken, flying as tail gunner aboard 42-97691 Prisoner of War (POW). 26-Nov-44. MACR 11193. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • John Harris

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot

  • Richard Healy

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Michael Kacere

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    In July 2017, Michael Kacere took a Wings of Freedom flight in a B-17 with his son Richard. ...

  • Elmer Prusha

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier
    He flew on 32 combat missions from Molesworth, the last 16 as Lead Bombardier for the entire Group. 'I would take 90-100 planes to the target. The other planes would drop their bombs when mine were released. If I missed the target, so did they..'. Post...

  • Joseph Robertson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner

  • Phillip Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Edgar Snyder

    Military | Colonel | Air Commander-Bombardment Wing
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 427BS C/O and 303BG Deupty C/O. Awards: DFC (3OLC), BSM, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2017 16:30:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations