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William S Raper


Commanding Officer 303rd Bomb Group from 29-Oct-44 to 19-Apr-45.

SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster



  • James McCormick

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

Units served with

  • 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...

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 Wheeling, West Virginia


Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 20:18:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards and place associations

Lee Cunningham 11-Nov-2014. CO data,; SN

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45