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Donald F DeCamp

Military

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

Service

People

  • Elmo Clark

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions on B-17's. Went on to fly PBY's for air sea rescue. Became an instructor on B-29's. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Doback

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Galbraith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Haddock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Elmo Clark crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hitt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. 2nd tour with 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lobau oil refinery, Vienna, Austria; hit by flak, baled out before A/C exploded 10-Sep-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8261 ...

  • Robert Hoffman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 33 missions over Germany in early days of war. (received credit for 36 missions) Re-enlisted because they needed seasoned crew members. Was in first missions and lead plane/lead crew over Nuremburg, Dresden,...

  • Robert King

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Returned from rocket attack during an operational mission to Oschersleben; 11-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-5264 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'. A/C force landed at Watton with 2 dead aboard. RTD. ...

  • Jerry McLawhorn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt mission, 24-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31562. Baled out near Koblenz Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2762 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Tracy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

  • 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...

  • 42-30181 'Herky Jerky II' 'Lover Boy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24-Apr-43; Smoky Hill 5-May-43; Kearney 29-May-43; Atlanta 2-Jun-43; Dow Field 16-Jun-43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Framlingham 19-Jun-43 HERKY JERKY II; Horham 15-Jun-43; with force landed Framlingham AF 10-Oct-43 with Pilot R.E....

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 Des Moines, IA 8 July 1923
Enlisted Fort Des Moines, IA 26 January 1942

Fort Des Moines, Iowa

Based Molesworth July 1943 – January 1944

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

Died San Bernardino, CA 8 March 1988
Buried Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA 11 March 1988

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside,
Riverside County, CA
Plot 7, 0, 1974

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2019 09:46:05 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/55704309
https://www.fold3.com/record/64384238-donald-f-decamp
https://www.fold3.com/image/312802180?rec=306663162
https://www.fold3.com/record/84584026-donald-f-de-camp
https://www.fold3.com/image/32145712?terms=Donald%20F%20Decamp
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/568909/donald-f-decamp

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 15:38:51 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Hell's Angels Newsletter May 2001

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