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Frank E Kulesa


Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-5434 'Lady Luck' returned from a mission and caught fire on the runway on 26-Sep-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). 25 x combat missions. ETD.

Awards: SS, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • George Stallings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    20-Mar-43 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17 42-5393 "Thumper Again", 303BG/360BS at Molesworth, UK with the rank of First Lieutenant. ...

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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

    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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5393 'Just For Laughs' aka 'Little Woman' aka 'Thumper Again'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43;...

  • 42-5434 "BOB’S BOUDOIR", Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

  • 42-5468 Quinine -The Bitter Dose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-5468 was delivered at Denver 11-Dec-42; Salina 8-Jan-4343; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 8-Apr-43; On 25-Jun-43 the aircraft was depatched to bomb the construction shops adjacent to the submarine building at Hamburg, Germany. On the...

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 Wayne County, MI, USA 7 October 1918

Son of Felix and Maryanna Kulesa.

Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 23 February 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Based Molesworth 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died San Jose, CA, USA 30 October 2010
Buried Mission City Memorial Park Santa Clara Santa Clara County, CA November 2010

Mission City Memorial Park Santa Clara
Santa Clara County, California


Date Contributor Update
17 May 2021 11:03:02 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Removed # from A/C serial to aid clarity and consistency

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16 May 2021 22:35:31 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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11 March 2020 19:53:52 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards and events

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20 February 2020 22:00:37 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

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30 January 2018 21:33:17 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations

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28 January 2018 19:11:32 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:10:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 291