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42-31483

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-B] Molesworth 1/1/44; 93 missions Missing in Action Stuttgart 5/9/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theron Hayes, Radio Operator: Ed Stemmle, Ball turret gunner: Stan Lloyd, Waist gunner: Jim Gross, Tail gunner: Jim Caperton (9 Returned to Duty), lost one prop and two engines on return; force landed A-20 Reims af, France; Salvaged 12/9/44. BONNIE `B'.

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

  • George Bech

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • James Caperton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. On Stuttgart mission, force landed Reims, France in B-17 42-31483 'Bonnie-B'; battle damaged and with two engines out. RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Adam Champagne

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Medical discharge. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Destito

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak, causing loss of fuel, leading to ditching in channel on 23-Jul-44 in B-17 42-102960 WIA / RTD, 24 x combat missions. ETD Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak, causing loss of fuel, leading to ditching in channel on 23-Jul-44 in B-17 42-102960 RTD 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Theron Hayes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak, causing loss of fuel, leading to ditching in channel on 23-Jul-44 in B-17 42-102960 RTD 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Stanley Lloyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak, causing loss of fuel, leading to ditching in channel on 23-Jul-44 in B-17 42-102960 RTD 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Morgan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak, causing loss of fuel, leading to ditching in channel on 23-Jul-44 in B-17 42-102960 RTD 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Ratermann

    Military | 303rd Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 605

    5 September 1944

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 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 10 November 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 10-Nov-43.

Assigned Molesworth UK 1 January 1944

Assigned 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Reims A/D, France 5 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Stuttgart 5-Sep-44; lost one prop and two engines on return; force landed A-20 Reims A/D, France. 9 x RTD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 20:31:24 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
Sources

Updated the Production block number per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17g-20-bo-42-31432-42...

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 20:22:53 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Updated the A/C nickname per info listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 20:20:16 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2019 13:55:08 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.303rdbg.com/aircraft.html
Mission 376: Battle Over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo de Jong
Vintage Aircraft Nose Art By Gary Valant
https://keithferrisart.com/product/slow-timing-bonnie-b-lithographic-pri...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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