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Lead Crew (Cole Crew) 303rd BG. 10 April 1944. Mission: Brussels/Evere
KNEELING LEFT TO RIGHT: S/Sgt Robert E. Manchester (ball turret gunner), T/Sgt Joseph Vieira (radio), UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, Sgt Robert K. Merrow (engineer)
STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: 1Lt Thomas J. Quinn (copilot), Lt James Pershing Zwayer (bombardier), 1Lt George M. Carroll (navigator), Maj Richard H. Cole (pilot), 1Lt Robert H. Halpin (tail gunner - observ)
UNIDENTIFIED CREWMEN : S/Sgt Arver E. Thorne (right waist gunner and S/Sgt Derrell S. Jones (left waist gunner



  • 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


  • George Carroll

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    10 December 1943 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9RTD.

  • Richard Cole

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

  • 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. ...

  • Derrell Jones

    Military | Master Sergeant
    B-17 'Combined Operations' flew into a hill on the Isle of Man while en route to Langford Lodge in Ireland. Killed in Service (KIS).

  • Robert Manchester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Robert Merrow

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • 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.

  • Arver Thorne

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Joseph Vieira

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • James Zwayer

    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.




  • 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 22:06:20 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations