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"Lt. Thomas and crew of the 427th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, in front of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "Vicious Virgin". England, 10 March 1945."

Rear L-R: S/Sgt Walter E Smith, S/Sgt Harry W. Haynes Jr, Sgt Melvin Conrad Carlson, Sgt Edward Gilbert Eschinger, Sgt Louis L Contreras.
Front L-R: 2Lt Max Richard Bartholomew, 2Lt Blaine E Thomas, 2Lt Roger Clinton Lee, 2Lt Walter L Lacy.

Connections

Units

  • 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

    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

  • Max Bartholomew

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Co-Pilot; Pilot
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Carlson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 14168 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Luis Contreras

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Eschinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Togglier
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; A/C crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45. Reached the ground safely, but captured by angry civilians. Air Defense Guard Helmut Orb...

  • Harry Haynes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Lacy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roger Lee

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

  • Walter Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Blaine Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-97311 'SILVER FOX', 'SHOO SHOO BABY'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; no ops, transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-O] Molesworth 13/5/44; 457BG Glatton 22/4/45; 351BG Polebrook 29/5/45; on mission to Brux 12/9/44 with ? . Tail...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2019 17:49:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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