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Richard Gordon Scharch


Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Paul Campbell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30865. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Gamble

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Merle Hungerford

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot of B-17 #42-29664 "Jersey Bounce Jr", shot down by Flak and fighters and ditched in North Sea on the mission to Bremen on 20 December 1943. All crew returned (RTD) - No MACR. Was Pilot of B-17F #42-3029 "Wallaroo", shot down by Flak on mission...

  • Walter Kyse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • John Lemmon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Robert McGuire served as a radio operator with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kirk Mitchell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Kirk Mitchell served as a pilot with the 358th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Molesworth, England.

  • Dave Rogan

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Joined RCAF on outbreak of war in Europe. Flew 13 x missions on Bristol Blenheim's with the RAF. Transferred to USAAF in 1942. Assigned to 358th BS, 303rd BG, 8AF. Flew 25 x missions. Returned to United States. Joined with a B-29 Group, 9th BG, 20th AF...

  • Glynn Shumake

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Airplane Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Had no assigned combat crew. Flew 35 combat missions. On last mission was hit by flak and crash landed. Immediately captured by German troops and became Prisoner of War (POW). this was 30 Mar '45. Was appointed 358th Operations Officer in 1942 and...

  • Kermit Stevens

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Stationed in Savannah when 8th AF formed; Commanding Officer 303rd BG from 19-Jul-43 to 1-Sep-44; led first daylight bombing mission over Norway SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 41st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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


  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 42-29524 'MEAT HOUND'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Morrison 2/12/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-D] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Molesworth 30/7/43; 25m Missing in Action Oschersleben 26/1/44 with Jack Watson (RTD-alone),...

  • 42-29664 Jersey Bounce Jr.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 21/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Capt Merle Hungerford, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow Monkres,...

  • 42-3002 'The Old Squaw'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pocatello 31/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action 6/9/43 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Wilbur Klint, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale...

  • 42-3064 Stardust

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/43; Assigned 353BS/301BG Morrison 25/3/43; transferred 100BG Thorpe Abbotts /43; 358BS/303BG [VK-O] Molesworth 13/7/43; battle damaged Bremen 26/11/43 with Bill Fort wia-frostbite, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Bombardier: Chas...

  • 42-31574 'OLE GEORGE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Great Falls 24/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Fort Wayne 25/12/43; Wilmington 27/12/43; Presque Is 29/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 13/1/44; transferred 327BS/92BG Podington; Missing in Action Merzhausen 24/12/44,...

  • 42-31583

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Chicago 21/12/43; New York 23/12/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 13/1/44; on mission to Landsberg 24/4/44 group nav Bill Kelly (Killed in Action); Missing in Action Augsburg...

  • 42-3192 City of Albuquerque

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 16/5/43; t/o accident with Dave Rogan 25/6/43; 427BS [GN-X]; 12m Missing in Action Gilze-Rijen 19/8/43 with Jim Nix, Co-pilot: Dan Shebeck, Bombardier: Bob Solverson,...

  • 42-5081 Luscious Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/9/42; West Palm Beach 17/1/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-V] Molesworth 15/2/43; took off from RAF Colerne, NI on training mission and involved in landing accident at RAF Filton, 17/10/43 with Dave Shelhamer, Flight engineer/top turret...

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  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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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 Milwaukee County, WI 14 January 1921

Son of George and Magdalene Scharch.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 31 March 1942
Based Molesworth June 1942 – October 1944

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Wounded 25 February 1944

Minor injury from flak on final mission.
Plane-Ole George
Target- Messerschmitt A/C Factory - Augsburg, Germany.

Died Camarillo, CA 13 December 2013
Buried Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo, CA 20 December 2013

Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
Ventura County, CA


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06 September 2019 13:48:55 Dr Daniel Changes to person associations

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27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest

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