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Herbert E Kalhoefer

Military

Assigned to 303BG/359BS on 23-Jun-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived at Molesworth on 25-Oct-42. Biography UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Service

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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...

Missions

  • 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 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...

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
Assigned to Group Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 23 June 1942

Assigned as a Co-Pilot with 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived with the 303BG/359BS at Molesworth, UK.

Mission #1 1LT Herbert E. Kalhoefer, w/B17-F 41-24566, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie:, 303BG/359BS as a substitute for CP George C. Woodman on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire France. RTB OK.

Mission #2 1LT Herbert E. Kalhoefer, w/B17-F 41-24566, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24566 "Zombie:, 303BG/359BS as a substitute for CP George C. Woodman on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mecahnical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 20:43:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 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 20:40:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 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 20:34:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added Assigend to Group event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Personnel Roster: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 20:29:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 11-Dec-2015. Added beginning of Summary Biography and made connections to 41-24566 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Orville S. Witt crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-witt.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-kl.html#K

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