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42-29481

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/12/42; Salina 7/2/43; Denver 27/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 6/4/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen (Heligoland Is) 15/5/43 with Chester Jacques, Co-pilot: Alvin Holder, Navigator: John Bradshaw, Bombardier: Bob Carlson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester Corns, Radio Operator: Warren Vasel, Ball turret gunner: Ward Kirkpatrick, Waist gunner: Warren Morrison, Waist gunner: Clayton Ryan,Tail gunner: Keith Clapshaw, (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, shot down 10 miles east of Scharnhorn Is. Missing Air Crew Report 15515.

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

  • John Bradshaw

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Carlson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Keith Clapshaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner, Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lester Corns

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Alvin Holder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Chester Jacques

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Ward Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Warren Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Clayton Ryan

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warren Vasel

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart, Air Medal

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 15 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15515 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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