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Calhoun Crew, 359th BS, 303rd BG.
KNEELING LEFT TO RIGHT: S/Sgt Patrick N. McCauley (ball turret gunner), T/Sgt Kurt W. Bachert (waist gunner), T/Sgt Harold A. Kraft (radio), T/Sgt Howard Eugene Hernan (engineer), T/Sgt Benton F. Wilson (waist gunner)
STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: 2Lt Robert H. Halpin (tail gunner - observer), 1Lt. George M. Ririe, Jr. (navigator), 1Lt Norman Nels Jacobsen (navigator), Maj William R. Calhoun (pilot), Brig General Robert F. Travis (copilot), 1Lt Byron K. Butt (bombardier)



  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • Kurt Bachert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • William Calhoun

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Operations Officer; Commanding Officer
    Born 10 Nov 1919 Birmingham, AL, BA Degree Stanford Univ. ...

  • Robert Halpin

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot / Pilot
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions, 19 x as lead ship tailgunner/ observer, 5 x as co-pilot and 5 x as pilot. Moved through ranks from F/O to 2Lt to 1Lt as pilot. ...

  • Howard Hernan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner

  • Norman Jacobsen

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

  • Harold Kraft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Claude Campbell crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Gelsenkirchen in B-17 41-24565 'The Rambling Wreck'; shot down 5-Nov-43, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1157. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Patrick McCauley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • George Ririe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Robert Travis

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Robert was Commander of 41st CBW composed of 303rd, 384th, and the 379th BG. ...

  • Benton Wilson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner


  • 41-24635 The 8 Ball Mk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slightly damaged...


  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


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