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"Lead crew on bombing mission to Hamburg, Germany, in front of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. England, 24 February 1945."

Rear L-R: Capt James Pershing Zwayer, Maj James S Cheney, Capt Harold Lee Stouse, Lt Col William S Raper, 1Lt Lawrence J Lifshus

Front L-R: T/Sgt Joseph D. Lillis, T/Sgt George Fred Bostick, 1Lt Melvin E Papp, S/Sgt Leo F Wotanis, F/O James Hodges Hardy



  • 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


  • George Bostick

    Military | Corporal | Engineer

  • James Cheney

    Military | Major General | Navigator
    He completed 36 missions. Became Squadron Navigator in June 1943, Group Navigator in October 1943. He left the group in January 1945 to become the Group Navigator for the 303rd BG and flew approximately 9 missions. Cheney was later Judge Advocate...

  • 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) ...

  • Lawrence Lifshus

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crash landed beside Rhine River on 30 Mar 45. Captured by Germans.

  • Joseph Lillis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Melvin Papp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • William Raper

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer; Pilot
    Commanding Officer 303rd Bomb Group from 29-Oct-44 to 19-Apr-45. SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Harold Stouse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Leo Wotanis

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    flew 25 missions, returned to states they went back to Eurpoe and Joined 303rd BG

  • James Zwayer

    Military | Colonel | Navigator
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C accident on return from mission in B-17 42-5393 'Thumper Again' 15-Oct-43. RTD. Completed two combat tours. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), AFCM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 44-8125

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 16/6/44; Langley 19/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Y] Molesworth 5/8/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46. SPARKY.


Date Contributor Update
31 December 2018 10:56:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations