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James L Pennington

Military

1-May-42 Assigned as the Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar" at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar".

Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F #41-24569 'Memphis Tot' 303BG/427BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner. The mission target was Osnabruck, Germany, but crew reported guns didn't work so crew turned back. Fighters attacked and Cpt Cole crash landed in the Waddenzee, Holland. The copilot had been killed earlier. Plane broke in two in contact with the water. Pennington was lost in the a/c ditching.

Participated in 8 Operations (2 aborted) See Biography events.

Service

People

  • Lloyd Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot of 41-24569 [GN-V] "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS. ...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Drew City, Mississippi
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Ball Turret Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS 23 January 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK

Mission #7, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but the entire mission was aborted per orders from Bomb Wing.

Killed in Action (KIA) Waddenzee 4 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland.

Mission #8, SGT James L. Pennington, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS KIA Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany. Aircraft was shot down by fighters. SGT Pennington was lost in the Waddenzee when that aircraft crashed in the water. KIA.

Buried 1945

Buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery, Plot I, Row 9, Grave 9

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 03:59:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2019 20:11:33 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Lloyd R. Cole, the pilot of A/C 41-24569.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:06:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf and Burial location per Amercian Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 23:03:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Made connection to 41-24610 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:31:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:25:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:19:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:17:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:14:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:11:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:09:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:06:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:02:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:59:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:55:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added initial assignment and operations participations to Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 19:47:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015. Added decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Verified SN an KIA event per MACR 15348; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position to Biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

303rd BG/ 427th BS Molesworth 107 MACR 15348, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 73, ABMC web site , 303rd web site mission report / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15348 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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