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Arlan Ray Allen


Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Mechanical problems en route Berlin, left them for the return journey 26-Feb-45 force landed at Zolotonosha, Russia, after a short stay at Poltava they were flown out by Air Transport Cmd. RTD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Morton Perkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Plane 48316 [Force landed Russia] returned from mission 26-Feb-45 [RTD]. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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


  • 44-8316

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 10/8/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 25/8/44; Mechanical problems en route Berlin with 2Lt Morton Perkins left them short of fuel for the return journey 26-Feb-45 landed at Zolotonosha, Russia [10 x RTD];...


  • 849

    26 February 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Vaghn, NM 23 December 1923

Son of Archie Ray and Mary Elizabeth [Eaker] Allen.

Lived in Vaghn, NM June 1942
Based Molesworth January 1945 – May 1945

Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 missions between 15-Feb-45 and 20-Apr-45

Forced landing Mech Zolotonosha, Russia 26 February 1945

Short of fuel, due to mech problems, Force landed Zolotonosha, Russia. RTD

Returned from Russia 26 February 1945 – 12 March 1945

Guest of the Russians. Returned to base 12-Mar-45. Flown out of Zolotonosha to Russian airbase. Shipped to Poltava, Russia by train, then back to London with US Air Transport Cmd via stops in Tehran, Iran; Cairo, Egypt; Tobruk, North Africa; Athens, Greece and Naples, Italy


Date Contributor Update
14 February 2019 10:53:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2019 10:32:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2019 14:53:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:55 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 193-194, Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia