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Samuel D Easter

Military

15-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 [PU G] "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Shak HaK".

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

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

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 42-2967 Shak Hak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

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,...

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 Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 15 July 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, SSGT Samuel D. Easter, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 "Shak HaK", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Samuel D. Easter, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 42-2967 "Shak HaK", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SSGT Samuel D. Easter, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - WIA/RTB Saint-Nazaire, France

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Beleived to have been WIA on this mission. RTB/WIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2021 17:36:25 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - “Mexico” was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:59:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pd

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:56:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pd

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:55:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pd

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:49:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Breed crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-breed.html

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:48:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Breed crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-breed.html

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:45:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography; Made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Nov-42) and Missions (through 23-Nov-42) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Breed crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-breed.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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