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Lead crew on a bombing mission to Helgoland, an islandin the North Sea belonging to Germany, pose in front of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "The Vicious Virgin". 29 July 1943.

Rear L-R: Frederick llgen, Curtis Olsen, Byron Butt, Alex Strickland, Edgar Snyder.

Front L-R: Ralph Strohsack, James Baart, Raymond Peck, Albert Martel, Edward McGill.

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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...

People

  • James Baart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Byron Butt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Albert Martell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Edward McGill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. completed 30 x combat missions. ...

  • Curtis Olsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Raymond Peck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Edgar Snyder

    Military | Colonel | Air Commander-Bombardment Wing
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 427BS C/O and 303BG Deupty C/O. Awards: DFC (3OLC), BSM, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alexander Strickland

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Promoted to Major with the 41st CBW and became Commanding Officer 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Ralph Strohsack

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Aircraft

  • 42-5341 'SCARLET HARLOT' aka 'VAT 69' aka 'VICIOUS VIRGIN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/42; West Palm Beach 9/1/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GH-Q] Molesworth 7/2/43; severe battle damaged Bernberg 20/2/44 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Capt Dick Dubell, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2022 15:53:34 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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