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John A Long

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9 x RTD. 10-Dec-43. Failed to Return (FTR) 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868

Awards: SS, DFC, AM (4 OLC), PH

Service

People

  • George Carroll

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 December 1943 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9RTD.

  • Guiseppe Cascio

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Fred Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Amon Earhart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. 10-Dec-43 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Fahlbusch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868 ...

  • Wilbur Gee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck-Stevens', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868 Awards: PH

  • Johnnie Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD 10-Dec-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Mace Henson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868. Awards: PH

  • Ralph Jennings

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD. 10-Dec-43. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37757

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 18/10/43; crash landed on local flight landing on grass beside runway when u/c failed 10/12/43, with John Long, Co-pilot: Amon Earhart, Navigator: George Carroll, Flight...

  • 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck Steves'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Kearney 4/3/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Q] Molesworth 26/3/44; Missing in Action Saarbrucken (8m) 11/5/44 with Capt John Long, Co-pilot: Wilbur Gee, Bombardier: Joe Fahlbusch, Flight engineer/top turret...

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 Duqueane, Pennsylvania, USA 26 July 1917

Son of Francis Patrick and Henrietta V [Weir] Long.

Based Molesworth 1944 – 11 May 1944

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

Died North of Saarbrucken, Germany 11 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck-Stevens'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
plot C Row 29 Grave 4.

Buried Saint Joseph Cemetery West Mifflin, Allegheny County, PA 1948

Memorialised
Saint Joseph Cemetery
West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2021 10:17:15 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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Removed # from A/C Serial to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359478/john-a-long
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/104296285/john-a-long

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2021 03:35:44 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 15:59:38 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/104296285/john-a-long
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359478/john-a-long

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4868 / MACR 4868, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I, p. 412 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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