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41-24563

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-H] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; on training flight with Arthur Adams, Co-pilot: Gene Witterstetter, Navigator: Glen Herrington, Bombardier: Mike Libonatti, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lew Hart, Radio Operator: Alfd Union, Ball turret gunner: Ed Durant, Waist gunner: Alan Magee,Tail gunner: Jim Gordon, pass-Lt Roy Christianson (10 Returned to Duty); poor weather caused force landed on third attempt Luton 11/11/43 hit RAF Anson EF939. Salvaged. GARBAGE.

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

People

  • Arthur Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Edward Durant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • James Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Lewis Hart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    11 November 1942 in B-17 #412456 'Garbage', while on a training flight, poor weather conditions contributed to accident on landing 'Garbage'

  • Glen Herrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage". ...

  • Alan Magee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Jun-42 Assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner with the 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 303BG records to do not indicate that we was permanently assigned to a crew and do not specify when he arrived in the UK. ...

  • Alfred Union

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    26-Jul-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F #41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Garbage." ...

  • Gene Witterstetter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    27-Jul-42 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H], "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived Molesworth, UK aboard "Garbage". ...

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
Crashed 11 November 1942

Crash landed due to bad weather

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2020 14:56:51 CastleBren Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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