"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
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...
Military | Corporal | Engineer
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...
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)
Military | Captain | Navigator
Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crash landed beside Rhine River on 30 Mar 45. Captured by Germans.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
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
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
Military | Sergeant | Gunner
flew 25 missions, returned to states they went back to Eurpoe and Joined 303rd BG
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.
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.