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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 21/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 3/2/45; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Bob Barrett, Dean Harvey, Shirl Best, Bill Karp, Ray Reiss, Matt Lastrowicz, Lou Linhart, Herb Link (8 Killed in Action); George Emerson (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with B-17 over Allied territory, Missing Air Crew Report 12229



  • 42-31060 Poque Ma Hone

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G #42-31060 was delivered to Cheyenne 11/9/43; Assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group [GN-N] and arrived at Molesworth on 18 October 1943. It was nicknamed "Poque Ma Hone" or POGUE-MA-HONE. (Gaelic for Kiss My Ass!) ...


  • 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...


  • Robert Barrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Shirl Best

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • George Emerson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Dean Harvey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action.

  • William Karp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    303rd BG/ 427th BS/ Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Matthew Lazarowicz

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Louis Linhart

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Herbert Link

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Raymond Reiss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group


  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:37 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12229 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database