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44-6086

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 27/4/44; Kearney 9/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-L] Molesworth 27/5/44; Missing in Action Cologne 15/8/44 with Ollie Lawson, Co-pilot: George Kersting, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob O’Connor, Radio Operator: Don Mullaney, Ball turret gunner: Chas Sweeney, Waist gunner: Hubt Holland,Tail gunner: Norbert Philson (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John Gard (evaded capture); Bombardier: John Draves (KIA-chute caught on wreckage); enemy aircraft, crashed Seffern, N of Bitburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8172. MY BLONDE BABY.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Draves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg in B-17 My Blonde Baby #446086

  • John Gard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 My Blonde Baby #416086 POW

  • Huber Holland

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • George Kersting

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 My Blonde Baby #446086 POW

  • Oliver Lawson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Donald Mullaney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 My Blonde Baby #446086 POW

  • Robert O'Connor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 "My Blonde Baby' #44-6086, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norbert Philson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 My Blonde Baby #446086 POW

  • Charles Sweeney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bitburg on 8/15/44 in B-17 My Blonde Baby #446086 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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8172 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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