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42-2966

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron
  • No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Unit
    Established as a provisional unit at Bovingdon on 27 August 1942, and equipped with B-17Es transferred from the 92nd Bomb Group. ...

  • No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Unit
    Redesignated from No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943. ...

People

  • Jack Belk

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Merel Bradley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as the Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived in the UK with the crew of 41-24619 aboard B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS on 28-Oct-43. B-17F 41-24619 was...

  • Waldo Brandt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Edward Broussard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F #41-24584 [GN-Q] "Susfu", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Arrived in Molesworth, UK with crew of "Susfu" on 22-Oct-42. Operational participation UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

  • Benjamin Burma

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    10-Jul-1942 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. It appears from available records that he was re-assigned to B-17F #42-2966 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on or about 5-Oct...

  • Hudson Choice

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    12-Jun-42 Assigned as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F #41-24584 [GN-Q] "Susfu", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with rank of Sergeant. 22-Oct-42 arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Susfu". Credited with 26 missions. Final rank as Staff Sergeant....

  • Milton Conver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • John Dillinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Trained to fly initially at 63rd Army Air Forces Contract Pilot School Douglas, GA. Member of class 42F (July 42). then went to Shaw Field, Sumter, SC for the next level of flying training. Graduated with the class of 42F at the pilot school in Dothan,...

  • Edward Doughty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • William Fleming

    Military | Sergeant | A/Rad | 303rd Bomb Group

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Places

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • 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, USA 1942

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Bangor, ME 04401, USA 16 September 1942
Assigned Old Weston, Huntingdon PE28 0QB, UK 28 October 1942

Assigned 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, UK 4 July 1943

To 1 CCRC Bovingdon as trainer.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 14:17:18 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 19:56:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-robey.html

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 21:03:03 Rainer Changes to production block number, manufacturer and description
Sources

www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_1.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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