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Martin F McDonald


Original assigment to the 303BG has not yet been determined. A search of 303BG records was not successful in determining whether or not he was ever assigned to a regular crew in the 303BG. It could not be determined when he arrived at Moleworth but it was sometime in Oct 1942.

3-Jan-43 Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F-20-BO 41-24517 'Kali' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Aircraft was targeting U/B (submarine base) at St. Nazaire, France. 'Kali' encountered intense flak and fighter attacks and went down over the Atlantic. The was the first and only mission that SGT McDonald ever flew.


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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24517 Kali

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42 ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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
Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from flak and fighter attacks and crashed into the Atlantic near the target. His remains have never been recovered.

Mission #1, SGT Martin F. McDonald, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as a Left Waist Gunner oin B-17 F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. He was a substitute for the regular gunner in this crew. The aircraft was attacked by fighters over the sea on the approach to the target and exploded in mid-air. The entire crew were Killed in Action KIA.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 23:03:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added introductory paragraphy toe Summary Biography. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian; Mission Report of 3-Jan-43:

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 19:58:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 13-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 6141; added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; added crew position and made minor edits to biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 60