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42-5177

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 1/2/43; battle damaged Bremen 28/11/43 with Harry Bolsover, Co-pilot: Chas Rice, Navigator: Byron Clark, Bombardier: Chas McLain, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marvin Powell, Ball turret gunner: Francis Joubert, Waist gunner: Joe Robichaud Wounded in Action, Waist gunner: Chas Robb,Tail gunner: Jack Perryman Wounded in Action (9 Returned to Duty), Radio Operator: Ray Roberts (Killed in Action); flak KO’d two engines, crash landed Attlebridge, Sfk. Salvaged 13/12/43. FAST WOMAN aka FAST WORKER Mk II.

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

  • Ralph Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Orginally assigned with the 92BG at Bovingdon, UK as an Aerial Gunner with the rank of Sergeant. He flew his first mission (and the only one with the 92BG) on 21-Oct-42. ...

  • Harold Bolsover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen, B17#42-517 ÒFast Worker IIÓ was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD.

  • Byron Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. On 26-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, B17 42-517 'Fast Worker II' was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD ...

  • Jesse Elliott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    24-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24561 [BN-T] "The Dutchess", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "the Dutchess". ...

  • Francis Joubert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen, B17#42-517 ÒFast Worker IIÓ was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD

  • Charles McClain

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30+missions. On 26-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, B17 42-517 'Fast Worker II' was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD ...

  • Jack Perryman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen, B17#42-517 ÒFast Worker IIÓ was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD

  • Marvin Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen, B17#42-517 ÒFast Worker IIÓ was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD

  • Charles Rice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    The brakes failed on landing at RAF Shoreham, Sussex, overshooting the runway and hitting a guard shack on 11 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31314 'Scorchy'. RTD. Mission target was Frankfurt am Main, GR. ...

  • Charles Robb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen, B17#42-517 ÒFast Worker IIÓ was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

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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
Sustained Heavy Damage/Crash Landed RAF Attlebridge, England 28 November 1943

Cannon fire from ME-109s knocked out two engines and badly damaged the aircraft, causing a crash landing at Attlebridge. Two men were wounded and one was killed by enemy machine gun fire.

Salvaged 13 December 1943

Returned to 303rd Bomb Group use

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2020 21:27:31 CastleBren Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 14:36:18 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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