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42-102544

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 7/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-K] Molesworth 12/5/44, 360BS [PU-K]; Missing in Action Dresden 110m 17/4/45 with Blaine Thomas, Max Bartholomew, Joe Bananno, Harry Haynes, Walter Smith, Luis Contreras (6 Prisoner of War); Ed Eschinger, Melvin Carlson (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Dresden; Missing Air Crew Report 14168. SACK TIME.

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron
  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Max Bartholomew

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Bonanno

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Boreen

    Military | Corporal | Mechanic | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ground crew for B-17 42-102544 'Sack Time'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Headstone / Marker; Cpl Arthur Harry Boreen.

  • Clarence Bristol

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, AFCM, MSM, UN and Korean medals. Post War: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, retired as Colonel.

  • Melvin Carlson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 14168 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Luis Contreras

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Edmunds

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Eschinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; A/C crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45. Reached the ground safely, but captured by angry civilians. Air Defense Guard Helmut Orb...

  • Alvin Etheredge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    13 x missions, last on 27-Aug-43. On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived,...

  • Gordon Farnham

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

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.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 12 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 12-Mar-44.

Assigned Molesworth UK 12 May 1944

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Molesworth UK June 1944

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden 17-Apr-45; hit by flak north of Brux, 1 x engine smoking, carried on to target, crashed Dresden; 6 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 14168.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2019 13:19:14 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29036036
http://www.303rdbg.com/ground-nose.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14168 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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