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William Robert Hartigan

Military

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.

Service

People

  • Bernard Dorsey

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1033 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lorin Douthett

    Military | Major | Navigator | 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: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Dove

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1033 Awards: PH.

  • James Ince

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1033 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Lowther

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded. Evading capture, he managed to escape to Switzerland with the help of the French Maquis after 6 months. Awards: AM (OLC), PH (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Moffett

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1033 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clement Resto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hartigan crew. 7 x combat missions*. Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1033 ...

  • Val Stoddard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    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.

  • Robert Ward

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 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: AM, 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Burlington, CT 29 April 1916

Son of William Horton and

Enlisted Hartford, CT 24 March 1942

Hartford, Connecticut

Based Molesworth 1943 – 20 October 1943

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

Baled out EVD 20 October 1943

Shot down 20-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29571 'Charley Horse'. Evaded (EVD). MACR 1033

Discharged USAAF 10 July 1945

Honourable discharge.

Buried Burlington Center Cemetery Burlington, Hartford County, CT 1982

Burlington Center Cemetery
Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut

Died 31 March 1982

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 19:58:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/606792439
https://www.fold3.com/record/83398687/william-r-hartigan-wwii-army-enlis...
https://www.fold3.com/record/623563788/william-hartigan-1916-veterans-af...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/104714161/william-robert-hartigan

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:18:35 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 18:20:25 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Added a "-" to the S/N to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 02:31:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:38 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 / http://www.303rdbg.com/358hartigan.html#

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