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"Lead crew on bombing mission to Dresden, Germany, in front of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. England, 14 February 1945."

Rear L-R: Capt Norman Nels Jacobsen, 1Lt Rufus S Charlton, Capt Nelson Boyd "Moose" O'Beirne, 1Lt Francis G. Downey, Capt Bernard C. Fontana
Front L-R: F/O James Hodges Hardy, S/Sgt Ralph V Evans, T/Sgt Raymond C King, T/Sgt Robert N Perry, T/Sgt Thomas L Weems



  • 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • Rufus Charlton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Francis Downey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Ralph Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret

  • Bernard Fontana

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Made lead pilot after his 11th mission. Went on to complete 19 missions as Lead Crew Pilot

  • James Hardy

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Aborted mission to Stuttgart in B-17 44-6504; Crashed Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills 16-Dec-44 returning to base due to failure of Gee and radio compass. Returned to Duty (RTD) ...

  • Norman Jacobsen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond King

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Nelson O'Beirne

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Flew a total of 50 Missions with the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force our of RAF Molesworth in a B-17G. He remained in the Air Force serving in Japan, flying B-24s to train Navigators, and then flying B-47s. He retired from...

  • Robert Perry

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer

  • Thomas Weems

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator


  • 44-8568

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/44; Hunter 6/12/44; Grenier 20/12/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 22/1/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45.



Date Contributor Update
30 December 2018 19:35:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations