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42-102432

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Presque Is 4/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Molesworth 12/4/44; Missing in Action Handorf, Ger 15/8/44 with Harry Cook, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Slight (shot in air), Waist gunner: Jesse Joyce (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Fred Mason, Navigator: Ralph Page, Bombardier: Werner Warmuth (wia), Radio Operator: Forrest Howell, Ball turret gunner: Bob Eaglehouse (wia), John Smalley (wia) lost leg-who was later re-patriated (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Bitburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8438. TINY ANGEL.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Cook

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Eaglehouse

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by fighters and crashed at Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102432 POW

  • Forrest Howell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102432 POW

  • Jess Joyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed at Bitburg in B-17 42-102432

  • Frederick Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102432 POW

  • Ralph Page

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42-102432, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Randall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Slight

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Bitburg in B-17 #42102432

  • John Smalley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102432 POW

  • Werner Warmuth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 #42102432 POW

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 15 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 22:32:44 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added 3 spaces in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 22:29:48 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8438 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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