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Rhude Mark Mathis Jr

Military

Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Was brother to Jack W. Mathis, the Medal of Honor recipient with the same group. Mark joined up with the 303rd at his brother's request and actually flew in the same plane 'The Dutchess' and used his brother's old bombsight.

Service

People

  • Ross Bales

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 14-May-43 in B-17 42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15593 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Walter Dooley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17F 42-5243 "FDR's Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS. Battle damaged aircraft crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15593 ...

  • Raymond Kilgore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    28-Feb-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F #41-24565 [BN P] "Idaho Potato Peeler Kids", 303BG/359BS at Pendleton Fielsd, Pendleton, Oregon and arrived 25-Oct-42 at Molesworth, UK aboard that aircraft. ...

  • Jack Mathis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. As lead Bombardier aboard 'The Duchess', released bombs accurately on target Vegesack after being mortally wounded in B-17 41-24561 18-Mar-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Daniel McColl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    McColl was aged 27 when this photo was taken, the son of a Republican state senator. He was married and had a 1-year-old son at home in Idaho. He was killed in May 1943, when his aircraft went into a spin and ditched into the North Sea. After his death...

  • Francis O'Reilly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Francis W O'Reilly served as a waist gunner with the 303rd Bomb Group. ...

  • Jack Snell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Van Ravenstein

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Raymond Winter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Joseph Zsampar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #42-5243 'FDR's Potato Peeler Kids'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5243 FDR's Potato Peeler Kids

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Wendover 5/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 29/1/43; Missing in Action Kiel 14/5/43 with Capt Ross Bales, Co-pilot: Walt Dooley, Navigator: Dan McColl, Bombardier: Rhude Mathis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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 Texas, USA 1918
Lived in Tom Green County, TX, USA 1941
Enlisted San Angelo, TX, USA 30 April 1941
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 14 May 1943
His name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2021 16:18:52 Bombay Changes to biography
Sources

Medal of Honor winner>recipient
Bombsight>bombsight

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 04:29:26 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2018 19:19:54 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Edited people connections per data in plane #42-5243 description.

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2016 17:35:51 Lucy May Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Brought in information from a duplicate record. Source:
MACR 15593 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

See also:
NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

ABMC record: https://www.abmc.gov/node/533516#.V4e9801TGM8

Findagrave records: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=rhude&GSmn=&GSln=...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

 MACR 15593, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 118 by Bishop & Hey,

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

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