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Jack W Watson


On the big raid of Jan 11, 1944, known as 'Black Tuesday' Lt. Watson's plane was badly shot up and on fire. He ordered the crew to bail out while still over land. After they got out he discovered that he was now over water and decided to try and get the plane back to base. He made it to a fighter group base, Metfield, and did a perfect landing. The ground crew was amazed to see only 1 person get out. After putting the fire out they found an unexploded 20mm shell behind Watson's seat. This is the same man who 'buzzed' the World Series game in New York in 1943. ! B-17F #42-29524 'Meathound'. RTD



  • Paul Kistulentz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 x missions with Stallings crew, 2 x with Fyler crew , last mission on 5 feb 44 with Watson crew.

  • Theodore Lappo

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Watson crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert McArthur

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Sheets

    Military | Major | Pilot / Squadron Commanding Officer | 303rd Bomb Group
    After attending the University of Oregon, Robert Sheets worked in the Philippine Islands for some time. He entered the services as a private in the armed forces and later transferred to the Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He graduated and received his...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29524 'MEAT HOUND'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Morrison 2/12/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-D] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Molesworth 30/7/43; 25m Missing in Action Oschersleben 26/1/44 with Jack Watson (RTD-alone),...


  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...


Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2021 20:37:49 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Changed the label for a Died event to “Killed in Action (KIA)” per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2020 19:12:30 jmoore43 Changes to service number and highest rank

Updated Highest Rank and Added S/N per MACR 4269 at

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Chronology Supplement, 8th AF Losses