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43-39160

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 23/12/44; Grenier 3/1/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 4/2/45; Missing in Action Hamburg 20/3/45 with Francis Taub, John Cooper, Elmer McWilliams (3 Killed in Action); Chas Johnson, Mike Dugan, Warren Chrisman, Chester Maluchnik, Jim Hollowell, Jim Spencer, Bob Gilbert (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Westerade, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 13569.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Chrisman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Held A/C level along with pilot for crew to bale out, last seen on catwalk to escape...

  • Michael Dugan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 - After the A/C broke up Dugan was the only man to make it out of the nose section. Prisoner of War (POW)...

  • Robert Gilbert

    Military | Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hollowell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Maluchnik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer McWilliams

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Trapped by centrifugal forces in fuselage prior to explosion. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13569 ...

  • James Spencer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Taub

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Held A/C level for crew to bale out, last seen on catwalk to escape hatch before spin....

Missions

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

Places

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Ferried Grenier AAF, NH 3 January 1944

Ferried through Grenier AAF 3-Jan-44.

Delivered Lincoln AAF, NE 23 December 1944

Delivered Lincoln AAF 23-Dec-44.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 4 February 1945

Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Westerade, Germany 20 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 13569

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2019 17:11:24 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41997331
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-39160/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13569 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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