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Kenneth W Davey

Military

303BG records do not indicate when he arrived at Molesworth, UK. He may have been transferred from another group.

6-Mar-43 First mission with 303BG as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biogrpahy events.

30 missions

Service

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...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 42-5483 'THE DEVIL HIMSELF' aka 'RED ASS'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • 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...

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 Welcome, Minnesota 8 August 1914
Mission #1, 1LT Kenneth W. Davey, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS 6 March 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Kenneth W. Davey, w/B-17F 42-5483, 303BG/360BS Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 18 March 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-5483 "Red Ass", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 18:51:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-May-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 18:48:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-May-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 18:44:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-May-2016. Added initial sentence, first mission and participations statement to Summary Biography; MAde connections to Place, Aircraft (through 31-Mar-43) and Missions (trhough 31-Mar-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Personnel Roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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