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Joel Anderson Berly Jr


Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. On 3rd mission, an aborted mission to Stuttgart; Crashed Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills on 16-Dec-44 returning to base due to failure of Gee and radio compass. Retired to Duty (RTD). Became lead radio operator and flew with 303 until war ended.

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Sheila Dog

    Civilian | Sheep dog
    Sheila was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for locating four members of the crew of B-17 44-6504 after it crashed. ...

  • George Kyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Aborted mission to Stuttgart in B-17 44-6504; Crashed Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills 16-Dec-44 returning to base due to failure of Gee and radio compass. Returned to Duty (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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6504

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 10/9/45; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-M] Molesworth 29/9/44; on assembly for Stuttgart, 3rd mission, crashed Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills, UK 16/12/44 with George Kyle, Co-pilot: Jim Hardy, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8568

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/44; Hunter 6/12/44; Grenier 20/12/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 22/1/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45.


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 Anderson, South Carolina 31 October 1924

Son of Joel Anderson Snr and Grace F Berly.

Enlisted Clemson, SC 10 December 1942
Based Molesworth 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Survived crash RTD Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills 16 December 1944

Aborted mission to Stuttgart; Crashed Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills on 16-Dec-44 RTD

Died Florence, SC 8 October 2003
Buried Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson, SC 13 October 2003

Old Stone Church Cemetery
Pickens County, SC


Date Contributor Update
30 December 2018 13:52:18 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster