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LEAD CREW (EISENHART CREW) 359TH BS, 303RD BG. 24 MAR 1945
KNEELING LEFT TO RIGHT: Lt Louis T. Gennaro (navigator), T/Sgt Lyman E. Ela Jr (engineer), T/Sgt Joseph Vieira (radio), 1Lt Earl J. Malerich Jr (G H Navigator)
STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: Capt William E. Eisenhart (pilot), 1Lt Marvin Grady Richeson Jr (copilot), Capt Ralph L. Smith (bombardier),
Capt George H. Counts (navigator), 2Lt William T. Burgess (tail gunner - observer)

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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Burgess

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Crashed near Pilsen on 25 Apr 45 in B-17 #44-83447, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Counts

    Military | Colonel | Navigator
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Eisenhart

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 42 missions from Dec 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • Lyman Ela

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    B-17G # 42-97553 on a ferry flight from Gander, Newfoundland to Prestwick, Scotland on 20 Feb 1944, with one engine out, ran out of gas and crashed in Fontrel Bay, Co Donegal, Eire. RTD.

  • Louis Gennaro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Earl Malerich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Marvin Richeson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Vieira

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • 43-37537 Queen of Hearts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; PFF aircraft transferred to 350BS/100BG [LN-T/Y] Thorpe Abbotts 30/5/44; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 7/6/44; Returned to the USA Walnut Ridge 10/1/46. QUEEN OF HEARTS.

Missions

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2021 01:05:28 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations
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Date Contributor Update
09 June 2021 01:00:39 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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