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41-24610

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42.
Missing in Action St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Vince Walsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Lee, Waist gunner: Tony Peklinsky (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John Franklin, Navigator: Ed Zieminski, Bombardier: John Walker, Radio Operator: Emery Knotts, Ball turret gunner: Jim Carithers, Waist gunner: Joe McMahon, Tail gunner: Leroy Moyer (7 Killed in Action).
AA hit, crashed St Nazaire, Fr.
Missing Air Crew Report 15727.
JOE BTFSPLK.

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

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission...

  • Dante Barron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    24-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 303BG records do not record the exact date that he arrived in the UK, but probably in Oct-42. 303BG records do not indicate that he had a permanent...

  • 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...

  • Alvin Bridges

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    12-Jun-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F #41-24584 [GN-Q] "Susfu", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Susfu". Participated in 16 Missions (UNDER CONSTRUCTION). See Biography events.

  • Philip Callery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner of B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigend to B-17F #41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth,...

  • James Carithers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #41-24610 'Joe Btfsplk'. On a mission to uboat yards at St. Nazaire, France, the plane was last seen with an engine on fire heading toward Belle Isle.

  • 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....

  • Clarence Coomes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner of B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigned to B-17F #41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at...

  • Albert Diffenbach

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    2-Aug-42 Assigned as a Bombardier on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar" at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar" but there is no record that he flew any missions with that aircraft. 303BG Mission Report...

  • Paul Ferguson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Date of arrival in UK not found in 303BG website records. Record indicates that he may have had a permanent assigment as the Tail Gunner of B-17F #41-24610 ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 53

    1 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 02:06:53 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 10:27:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings, description and mission associations
Sources

Added nickname and mission connection from http://www.303rdbg.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15727 / MACR 17727 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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