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42-3002

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Pocatello 31/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action 6/9/43 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Wilbur Klint, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale Rice, Radio Operator: George Hoyt, Ball turret gunner: Norman Sampson, Waist gunner: Chas Fullen, Waist gunner: Chas Marson, Tail gunner: Merlin Miller (10 Returned to Duty); no gas, ditched Channel, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue and taken to Newhaven, Sx. No MACR. THE OLD SQUAW.

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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kurt Bachert

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

  • Winston Boutelle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Elmer Brown

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD).* ETD ...

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • Fred Dioquardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. ...

  • Charles Fullen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Howard Hernan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • George Hoyt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 #42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Robert Hullar

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Wilbur Klint

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). 25 x combat missions. ETD ...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1942

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Pocatello AAF 31 December 1942

Delivered Pocatello AAF 31-Dec-42.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 8 April 1943

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel 6 September 1943

Failed to Return 6-Sep-43; ditched English Channel out of fuel, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue and taken to Newhaven, Sussex. 10 x RTD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 21:35:06 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2019 16:27:27 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-3002-the-old-squaw/

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2019 16:24:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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