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42-29498

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 14/2/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-L] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 25/9/43; 7m Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Capt Carl Fyler, Co-pilot: Bob Ward, Navigator: George Molner, Bombardier: Jim Petrolino, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Addison, Waist gunner: Martin Stachowiak, Waist gunner: George Fisher later repatriated (7 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Ray O’Connellnever found, Ball turret gunner: Ray Ford, Tail gunner: Joseph Robert Sawicki, foto-Nellins Egge (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Dreiangel-Harpstedt, 15 miles SW of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1657. MUMSIE aka DARK HORSE.

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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bill Addison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nellins Egge

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    George Chester Fisher served as a waist gunner with the 303rd Bomb Group out of Molesworth, England. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 42-29498 'Dark Horse' when it was shot down. ...

  • Ray Ford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Fyler

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW

  • George Molnar

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse'. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1. POW

  • Raymond O'Connell

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Petrolino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Sawicki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Martin Stachowiak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 20:38:05 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 19:16:41 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, person associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 1652

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1657 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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