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"Lead crew on bombing mission to Hertogenbosch, Holland, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Queenie'. England, 17 Sept. 44. 303rd Bomb Group."

Rear L-R: 1Lt Howard V Tollack, 2Lt John E Morrow, Capt Robert W Sheets, 1Lt F.E. Umphress Jr, 1Lt Robert P Bliss

Front L-R: T/Sgt James A Ellis, Sgt Charles A Eakins Jr, Sgt Donald E Skinner, Sgt Carl K Shumar, Sgt Richard L Curry

Connections

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Robert Bliss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Curry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Eakins

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Ellis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 43-38705; A/C hit by flak, blown out of radio room near Leipzig, passed out, came to under deployed chute, concussed and wounded in left leg, arm and chest. Captured,...

  • John Morrow

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Sheets

    Military | Major | Pilot / Squadron Commanding Officer
    After attending the University of Oregon, Robert Sheets worked in the Philippine Islands for some time. He entered the services as a private in the armed forces and later transferred to the Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He graduated and received his...

  • Carl Shumar

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Skinner

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Tollack

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Progressed to Path finding. Credited 25 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • F Umphress

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-97281 'Queenie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Kearney 25/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 427BU/303BG [GN-Q] Molesworth 12/4/44; battle damaged Berlin 28/3/45 with Forrest Miller, crash landed Sandwich, Kent, UK; Salvaged 2 SAD 31/3/45. QUEENIE.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2019 14:24:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32145346?terms=42-97281

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