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"Combat and ground crew of Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" Hell's Angels. 303rd Bomb Group, England. 6 June 1943."

Ground crew L-R: Ernest H Touhey, Kasmer Wegrzyn, John R Johnson, John R Kosilla, Unkn, Wilson F Fairfield, Fabian S. Folmer.

Crew L-R: James E Rodriguez Jr, Harold E Godwin, Harry J Brody, Donald R Bone, Hubert E Miller, Ripley W Joy, Allerton F Meddaugh Jr, Irl E Baldwin, Unkn, Unkn.



  • 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


  • Irl Baldwin

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 x combat missions on 14-May-43. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Bone

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    Completed his combat tour on 15-May-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Brody

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Jim Brody grew up in eastern Montana. He flew his missions as the ball turret gunner on the B-17 "Hell's Angels" (Baldwin crew) and returned to the U.S. I have heard that he was credited with destroying 11 German airplanes, but I don't know if that...

  • Wilson Fairfield

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief

  • Fabian Folmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    member of the Hell's Angels ground crew. But got to go on a bond raising tour around the U. S. in Jan. '44. Great experience. Was then assigned to US AAFBU in Galveston TX.

  • Harold Godwin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed his combat tour on 15-May-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Ripley Joy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Ripley W. Joy was assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 358th Bomb Squadron. Starting as a Co-Pilot, he was upgraded to Pilot on 4 June 1943. After completing 25 missions with the 303rd, he was sent back to the US. He was assigned as a pilot in the 21st...

  • John Kosilla


  • Allerton Meddaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Hubert Miller

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    Dad was the NAV in the B-17 'Sky Wolf'. He was a Capt. on 09-15-42

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  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...


Date Contributor Update
06 March 2018 22:12:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations