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Frederick Gano


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat mission. ETD

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Post war: Upon his return from England, Fred was sent to Lubbock, Texas for Instrument Pilot Instructors Course and then to Keesler Field, Mississippi as a Flight Instructor, to instruct in B-17 airborne lifeboat rescue training.

Fred married Katharine Grohosky, and together they started a family in Jerome, Idaho and raised five children. Fred had an auto body shop for several years. With his love of flying, he sold his business and began flying private charters and eventually worked for the US Forest Service. He flew a DC-3 transporting smoke jumpers across the country. Later he worked for a commuter airline as Chief Pilot. In later years Fred enjoyed dabbling as a bench jeweller, gemologist and faceting semi precious stones.



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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...

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  • 42-102411 'Miss Lace'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 21/3/44; Grenier 10/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y/P] Molesworth 30/4/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/3/45. MISS LACE.

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 Burley, ID 3 October 1921

Son of Orville and Ruby May Gano.

Based Molesworth 1944 – January 1945

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT 1 July 1944

Salt Lake City, Utah

Died 13 December 2011
Buried Dry Creek Cemetery Boise, Ada County, ID 16 December 2011

Dry Creek Cemetery
Ada County, Idaho


Date Contributor Update
25 November 2021 20:17:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2017 15:57:58 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 February 2017 13:14:53 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster