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Lead Crew, (Cole Crew) 4 may 1944, Berlin
KNEELING LEFT TO RIGHT: S/Sgt William A. Strobel (waist gunner), S/Sgt William Chraniuk (ball turret gunner), S/Sgt Frank Zayas Cueto (waist gunner), T/Sgt Donald Bumgarner (engineer), T/Sgt Chester W. Greenhalgh (radio)
STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: 2Lt Victor T. Gorecki (tail gunner - observ), 2Lt William L. Hoover (bombardier), Maj Richard H. Cole (pilot), 1Lt Thomas J. Quinn (copilot), 1Lt George R. Schoner (navigator)



  • 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


  • Donald Bumgarner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Richard Cole

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions. ...

  • Frank Cueto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Goolsby crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Gorecki

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Moncur crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Greenhalgh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • William Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Quinn

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 sorties between 16-Sep-43 to 22-May-44. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Schoner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • William Strobel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner




  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 June 2021 19:51:31 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations