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Amon E Earhart

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. 10-Dec-43 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Cottrell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Eddie Deerfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Credited with 30 missions. First on 10-Jul-43 to Poux, France. Last on 11-May-44 to Saarbrucken, Germany. Flew most often with Captain Robert Cogswell at controls of B-17 Flying Fortress 'Iza Vailable'. ...

  • Ernest Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Huston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

  • Leo Lanier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 26 mission tour, volunteered for 2nd tour, shot down on 7th mission of his 2nd tour. 15-Oct-43 A/C accident on return from mission in B-17 42-5393 'Thumper Again' RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Brandenburg in...

  • Anthony Laurinitis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 15-Oct-43 A/C accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B-17 42-5393. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Long

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. 9 x RTD. 10-Dec-43. Failed to Return (FTR) 11-May-44 in B...

  • Lawrence Ross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wizerne in B-17 42-97405 'Mary Cary' 22-Jun-44; damaged by flak, 2 x engines out, ditched in channel off Beachy Head Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7131 Awards: AM, PH,

  • Oscar Villasenor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-17 42-97260 'Bow-Ur-Neck-Stevens', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4868 Awards: PH.

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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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37757

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 18/10/43; crash landed on local flight landing on grass beside runway when u/c failed 10/12/43, with John Long, Co-pilot: Amon Earhart, Navigator: George Carroll, Flight...

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 Williamsburg, OH 28 December 1915

Son of Blaine and Mabel Earhart.

Based Molesworth October 1943 – May 1944

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

Died 30 March 1991

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2021 08:34:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and person associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/113399627
https://www.fold3.com/image/630233596
https://www.fold3.com/record/15775435/amon-e-earhart-social-security-dea...
http://www.303rdbg.com/360earhart.html

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2021 22:11:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 16:08:53 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 16:08:20 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I, p. 412

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