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John Wynn Farrar

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot of 42-5260 "Yardbird II" on 4-Apr-43. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission...

  • Rictor Auman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Albert Dieffenbach

    Military | Major | Group Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. ...

  • Kenneth Hassler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Erick Lindewall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Lewis Lyle

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 2nd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as a Pilot with 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 6-Mar-42 assigned as Pilot with crew of B-17F #41-24559 [PU-F] "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 through 7-Aug-42 He and his crew underwent...

  • Gilbert Murray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. ...

  • Lincoln O'Connell

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24585 [PU-B], "Wulfe Hound", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth,UK aboard "Wulfe Hound". ...

  • Martin Semonick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17 41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper" at Gowen Field, Boise Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Thumper" ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

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 Chicago, IL 25 June 1917

Son of Monroe Farrar.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 26 April 1941

Chicago, Illinois

Based Molesworth 1943 – 1944

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

Discharged USAAF 1 August 1967

Honourable discharge.

Died 23 March 1999
Buried Glenwood Cemetery Shelbyville, Shelby County, IL 27 March 1999

Glenwood Cemetery
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2021 13:49:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/653861397
https://www.fold3.com/record/622991713/john-farrar-1917-veterans-affairs...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93707935/john-wynn-farrar
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 18:37:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 20:03:08 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and unit associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 15:00:58 ED-BB Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group website : www.303rdbg.com
Research on Fred J. Dioquardo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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