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Val Floyd Stoddard

Military

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1033

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Hartigan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded (EVD). MACR 1033 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29571 Charley Horse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Mobile 23/1/43; Salina 31/1/43; Homestead 4/2/43; Morrison 8/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-L] Molesworth 6/4/43; 32m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with Bill Hartigan, Navigator: Lorin Douthett, Radio...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rexburg, ID 12 March 1924

Son of Floyd and Ruby Stoddard.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 9 November 1942

Salt Lake City, Utah

Baled out POW 20 October 1943

Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1033

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III. later to Stalag XVb

Discharged USAAF 6 October 1945

Honourable discharge

Died Idaho Falls, ID 23 May 2010
Buried Mountain View Cemetery Pocatello, Bannock County, ID 26 May 2010

Mountain View Cemetery
Pocatello,
Bannock County, Idaho

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 18:47:43 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28604903
https://www.fold3.com/image/608152604
https://www.fold3.com/image/218852988
https://www.fold3.com/record/85047088/val-f-stoddard-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/111379846/val-floyd-stoddard-social-securit...
https://www.fold3.com/record/624644205/val-stoddard-1924-veterans-affair...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101608366/val-floyd-stoddard

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:55:17 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Added a connection to Stalag 17B per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:51:24 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #116 for 20 Oct 1943.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 02:49:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1033 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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