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Eugene Allen Romig

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13 Feb-42 Assigned as Operations Officer of 303 Bomb Group at Pendleton Field, Pendleton, Oregon with the rank of Major. 15-Sep-42 appointed Commanding Office of 303BG/359th Bombardment Squadron. See Biography events. MISSION participation currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION in Biography events

On his 6th mission 20-Dec-42 he was serving as the Co-Pilot of B-17F #41-24581 'The 8 Ball' on a mission to Romilly-sur-Seine France. The plane suffered damage. The Pilot, Capt William R. Calhoun, Jr. ordered crew to bale out over England. He and the pilot crash-landed at Bovingdon. All crew members returned. The aircraft was salvaged on 23-Dec-42.

SS/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters (351st Bomb Group)

Aircraft

  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 41-24566 Zombie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24566 'Zombie' [BN-W] was assigned 303BG/359BS [BN-W] at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico on 23-Jun-42. Stationed at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan until 3-Oct-42 when it went to Bangor, Maine for deployment to England.; Molesworth 25-Oct...

  • 41-24581 The '8' Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball" was assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] with its crew on 1-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The aircraft and crew were sent to Dow Field Bangor, Maine on 4-Oct-42 to prepare for overseas deployment; Molesworth...

  • 41-24603 The Green Hornet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24603 "Green Hornet" [BN-Y], 303BG/359BS was assigned with a combat crew on 10-Sep-42 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas then moved to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 9-Oct-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24609 Holy Mackerel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24609 'Holy Mackerel' assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Bangor 3-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. On 23-Nov-43 the aircraft flown by Maj. George L. Robinson was the lead aircraft of the 303BG formation in the attack on the U-Boat Pens at St. Nazaire,...

  • 41-24635 The 8 Ball Mk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slightly damaged...

  • 42-29570 Big Time Operator II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5-Jan-43; Gt Falls 31-Jan-43; Denver 2-Feb-43; Salina 11-Feb-43; to Marrakesh, via ATC 14-Mar-43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 21-Mar-43; transferred BAD 1 Burtonwood 22-May-43; 532BS/381BG [VE-D] Ridgewell 7-Sep-43; 6+m...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • 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 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • 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. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

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...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Byesville, Ohio 20 April 1918
Assigned to 303rd Bomb Group Pendleton, OR 97801, USA 3 February 1942

Assigned as Operations Officer of the 303RD Bomb Group at Pendelton, Oregon.

Station Transfer Boise, ID, USA 11 February 1942 – 12 June 1942

Transferred with 303BG to Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho where Group began preliminary flight training.

Advanced Flight Training Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 12 June 1942 – 7 August 1942

Moved with 303BG to Alamagordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico to undergo Advanced Flight Training.

Final Assembly for Deployment Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 7 August 1942 – 24 August 1942

Moved with Group to Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas for final squadron assembly and formation flying drills.

Air Eschelon Transfer Battle Creek, MI, USA 24 August 1942 – 10 October 1942

303BG air eschelon moves to Kellogg Field, Battle Creek Michigan on preparation for overseas movment.

Squadron Commander Appointment Battle Creek, MI, USA 13 September 1942

Appointed as Commanding Officer of 303BG/359BS at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Final US Station Bangor, ME, USA 10 October 1942 – 20 October 1942

Transferred with 303BG/359BS to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for final preparation for deployment to England.

Arrival in UK. Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 21 October 1942

Arrived with B-17F 41-24581 "The Eight Ball", 303BG/359BS at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24561 Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Served as Command Pilot of 359BS in B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS on the Groups fist combat operation to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24561 18 November 1942

Served as Command Pilot of 359BG in B-17F 41-24561 "The Dutchess" on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, RTB OK.

Mission #3 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24566 Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24603 Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet" on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24566 - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the mission. RTB OK.

Mission #6 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24581, 303BG/359BS - DBR Romilly-sur-Seine, France 22 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/259BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. The aircraft sustained battle damage but managed to return to England. The Pilot, CPT William R. Calhoun, ordered the crew to bale out over England and he and MAJ Romig crashlanded at the USAAF airfied at Bovington. The aircraft was considered dmaged beyond repair (DBR) and was salvaged, But Calhoun and Romig ere OK and returned to Molesworth the next day.

Mission #7 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24609, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24609 "Holy Mackerel", 303BG/259BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #8 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24635, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #9 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24635, 303BG/359BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Mission #10 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 41-24635, 303BG/359BS Rouen, France 12 March 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24635 "The '8' Ball II", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Died Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, USA 17 October 1992
Mission #11 MAJ Eugene A. Romig, w/B-17F 42-29570, 303BG/360BS Rotterdam, Netherlands

Served as Group Command Pilot of B-17F 42-29570 "Big Time Operator II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 02:40:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2017 11:39:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
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Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- www.457thbombgroup.org/roster/Rnames.html;
- http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=r...
- www.351st.org/ken.harbour/

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 21:28:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 4-May-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 21:22:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 4-May-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2016 21:19:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 4-May-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 26-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/017.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 19:20:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Made Connections to Missions 30-Dec-42 and 13-Jan-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 19:08:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 19:04:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 17:51:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 17:39:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 17:33:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 17:26:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303Bg website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 17:22:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303Bg website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 17:18:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303Bg website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 7-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 02:01:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2015. Added Arrival in UK event per 303Ng website, Gary Moncur, Historian, William L. Calhoun crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-calhoun.html

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:57:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2015. Final US station event per 303BG website, Gary MOncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:51:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham. Added Appointment as Squadron Commander per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Personnel Roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:45:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2015. Transfer of air eschelon to Kellogg Field, 303 BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:38:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-20145. Added Final Deployment event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian. http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:31:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2015. Added Advanced Flight Training event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:24:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2015. Added Station Transfer event per 303BG history, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 01:19:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cuningham10-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Group event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, personnel roster lhttp://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 15:01:47 IWMAZ Changes to events
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http://person.ancestry.co.uk/tree/55559164/person/26893221768/facts

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 21:44:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 6-Dec-2014. Edited biography for clarity, made connections to decorations, Place, Aircraft and Mission for 20-Dec-42 event; all per existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol.1 by Bishop and Hey p. 55,

http://303rdbg.com/rost-rs.html#R

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