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Jay R Sterling


Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 42-5780 'Black Swan' on a mission to UBoat yards at St. Nazaire, France. A/C exploded and crashed near St. Pere-en-Retz where a monument was erected in 1984. 6 Killed in Action (KIA). 3 Prisoner of War (POW) and 1 evaded.


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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5780

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/1/43; Denver 1/2/43; Salina 10/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-N] Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Jay Sterling, Radio Operator: Harley Fields, Ball turret gunner: Art McCormick, Waist...


Event Location Date
Born Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 1 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15727 / MACR 15727, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hayes, p. 113, 303rd BG web site / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database