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Meyer Levin

Military

17-Feb-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Thumper".

On 23-Jan-32 in B-17F #41-24579 'Thumper' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft sustained battle damage on a mission to Lorient, France. The pilot was able to crash-land the aircraft at Lulsgate Bottom, Bristol, UK. TSgt Levin was either wounded in action or injured when he bailed out of the aircraft. However, the injuries were sufficient reason for him to be honorably discharged from the USAAF and returned to the United States.

Participated in 6 Operations (2 were aborted) See Biography events.

Service

People

  • John Castle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as pilot of "Thumper". ...

  • George Stallings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    20-Mar-43 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17 42-5393 "Thumper Again", 303BG/360BS at Molesworth, UK with the rank of First Lieutenant. ...

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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

  • 41-24579 Thumper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] 17-Feb-42 Gowen Field, Idaho; Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Aircraft damaged by AA fire and enemy fighters on mission to Lorient, France on 23-Jan-43. 11 man crew. Belly-landed at...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

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
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 17 February 1942

Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, SSGT Meyer Levin, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Meyer Levin, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SSGT Meyer Levin, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SSGT Meyer Levin, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Mission #5, SSGT Meyer Levin, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

WIA- Injured - Discharged Bristol, City of Bristol, UK 23 January 1943

Baled out of battle damaged B-17F 41-24579 near Bristol, England. Record is not clear if he was wounded in Action or injured when he baled out.

Mission #6, SSGT Meyer Levin, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained battle damage but was able to return to England. The Pilot ordered the crew, other than the Co-Pilot to bale out, which he did.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 19:28:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2019 20:46:33 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to John A. Castle, the pilot of A/C 41-24579.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:18:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:15:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:13:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:10:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:08:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:06:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:04:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:02:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 22:00:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added intital assignment and arrival info to Sumary Biography; made connections to all missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2015 23:03:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 12-Feb-2015. Added SN, WIA event and Biography based on 303rd Bomb Group website, historian Gary Moncur, made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-kl.html#K

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