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James R Dunn

Military

31-Mar-43 Killed in Action (KIA) as Pilot of B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts" in midair collision with B-17F #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS. This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there.

Participated in 3 Operations. See Biography events.

Service

People

  • George Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Navigator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Eugene Clowe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Tail Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Keith Hafen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as a Co-Pilot of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Earl Hogue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Radio Operator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Robert Lizotte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Bombardier of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Stanislaus Nowak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Carl Shellman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Ball Turret Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • William Testoni

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Lamoine Yager

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

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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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29573 Two Beauts

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29573 [VK-H] "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS was delivered at Denver 6-Jan-43; Salina 12-Jan-43; Morrison 12-Feb-43; Homestead 15-Feb-43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 6-Mar-43 ...

  • 42-5432 The Hunting Club

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; ...

  • 41-29520 Big Ast Bird

    B-24 Liberator
    Severely damaged in taxiing accident Warton, England 1 May 1944

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

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
Mission #1, 2LT James R. Dunn, w/B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29520, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT James R. Dunn, w/B-17F 42-5432, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 28 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-5432 "The Hunting Club", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Killed on Mission (KOM) Mears Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 31 March 1943

Killed when aircraft B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24559 "Oool Soljer", 303BG/360BS during assembly.

Mission #2, 2LT James R. Dunn, w/B-17F 42-29573, 303BG/358BS - KOM Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-29573 "Two Beauts", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-aair collision and crashed. He was killed in the accident.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 18:18:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2019 21:30:40 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added a connection to A/C 42-29573.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 21:28:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 21:25:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 21:22:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2016 18:59:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Mar-2016. Added loss details and Particiaptions statement to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, James R. Dunn crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/358dunn.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd web site, ABMC web site

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