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"Capt Baldwin and crew who participated in the raid on Kiel, Germany, pose in front of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress". 303rd Bomb Group, England. 15-May-43."

Rear L-R: Unkn, 1Lt Donald R Bone, 1Lt Parley N Madsen, Maj Kirk R Mitchell, Capt Irl E Baldwin, 1Lt Ripley W Joy.
Front L-R: S/Sgt Harry J Brody,S/Sgt Allerton F Meddaugh Jr, T/Sgt James E Rodriguez Jr, S/Sgt Harold E Godwin, T/Sgt Russell M Warren



  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Parley Madsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    He flew 22 missions. His first mission was on 3 January 1943 to St. Nazaire. On his 22nd, target was St. Nazaire and his B-17 was disabled by flak and then shot down by ME-109s and FW 190s. ...

  • Allerton Meddaugh

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

  • Kirk Mitchell

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Kirk Mitchell served as a pilot with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.

  • James Rodriguez

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed combat tour on 17-May-43. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Warren

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Irl Baldwin crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 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
15 July 2018 07:10:06 spencer.mads Changes to caption

Family album

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2018 09:17:12 spencer.mads Changes to person associations

303 bg mission reports, photo identification of 1Lt Parley William Madsen (family photo album)

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 20:49:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations