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Paul William Scoggins


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6-Sep-43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up by Life Magazine War Correspondent Schershel because he was on the plane during the mission.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29944 Buzzing Bronco, Winning Run

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-E] Molesworth 9/6/43; secret mission to North Africa 16/8/43 ret 23/8/43; battle damaged T/Ops 6/9/43 with Jake James, Co-pilot: Howard Ness,...

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
Born Tioga, TX 18 September 1921

Son of William J. and Chloe Arvilla [Phillips] Scoggins.

Enlisted College Station, TX 23 January 1942

College Station, Texas

Based Molesworth 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died DeRidder, LA 17 October 2004
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, LA 21 October 2004

Woodlawn Cemetery
DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana


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14 May 2022 08:37:25 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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13 May 2022 19:29:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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12 May 2021 15:28:36 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

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08 October 2020 21:44:03 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to the A/C #42-29944 'Winning Run' listed in the "Summary biography".

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27 September 2014 18:21:20 AAM AAM ingest

303RD WEB SITE, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 276 w/ picture of crew an ac in Kent field / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia