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Vernon E Koch

Military

1-May-42 Assigned as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 24-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Kali".

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24517 Kali

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42 ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

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 Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as an Arial Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 24 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, SGT Vernon E. Koch, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Vernon E. Koch, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:08:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 23:00:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:56:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:54:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 22:52:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43), Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William H. Goetz crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-goetz.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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