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"Lead crew on bombing mission pose beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 303rd Bomb Group, England. 5 April 1943."

Rear L-R: Lt Col George L Robinson, Capt Samuel H Anderson, Capt Glenn E. Hagenbuch, Capt Albert W. Dieffenbach, Major Frank J Doherty

Front L-R: T/Sgt Dale F. Brandfas, S/Sgt Edward Z. Harmon, T/Sgt Joe Ray Gray, T/Sgt James C. Baart, S/Sgt Robert K Sink, S/Sgt Joseph E. Serpa



  • 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


  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission...

  • James Baart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Dale Brandfas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    1-May-42 Assigned as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigend to B-17F 41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth...

  • Albert Dieffenbach

    Military | Major | Group Bombardier
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Frank Doherty

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | XO

  • Glenn Hagenbuch

    Military | Major | Pilot
    1-May-42 Assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. 7-Aug-42 Assigned as Pilot with crew to B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 2-Sep-42...

  • Edward Harmon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S], "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with the rank of Sergeant. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar." ...

  • George Robinson

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer; Pilot
    He began his military career 28 Apr 1931 when he enlisted as a private in the Air Corps. He became an aviation cadet 25 Jun 1936 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. with pilot's wings 30 Jun 1937 at Kelly Field, TX. From that point he progressed steadily...

  • Joseph Serpa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Robert Sink

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner


  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 21:19:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations