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(crew assigned 359BS: 24 Dec 1944)

(Back L-R) 2Lt Norman C. Gadbois (B/GHN), 1Lt Warren F. Mauger (P)(EVD),
1Lt William T. Burgess (CP)(POW), 2Lt Bernard J. Brown (N)
(Front L-R) T/Sgt Matthew W. Grdeń (R)(POW), T/Sgt Glenn R. Walling (E/TG)(KIA),
Sgt Gerald H. Craven (WG)(KIA), S/Sgt Francis H. Kelley (BT)(KIA), S/Sgt James W. Haley (TG/SJ/RCM)

Ranks and grades at the time of last combat mission



  • 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...


  • Bernard Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • William Burgess

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

  • Gerald Craven

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer
    One credited mission flown: With 1Lt Mauger - No missions; With 2Lt Galt L. McClurg (301). Was KIA on mission 301 in B-17G 43-38764 (No name) (359BS) BN-C to Mannheim, Germany. Was hit in the chest with a flak burst and his body was returned to...

  • Norman Gadbois

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Matthew Grden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
    On 24 December 1944, Staff Sergeant Matthew W. Grdeń was performing his duties as a B-17G Radio Operator in the 303rd Bomb Group's Mission No. 364, when his plane crashed near Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, and both he and Sgt. Earl M. Dugan was captured and...

  • James Haley

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Francis Kelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Pilsen in B-17 #4483447

  • Warren Mauger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Glenn Walling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Pilsen in B-17 #44-83447.


Date Contributor Update
22 January 2022 17:17:55 Hotelie1970 Created entry with collection and caption