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42-5221

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 14/10/42; Salina 31/1/43; Morrison 4/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Z] Molesworth 8/4/43; 25m Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Bernard Clifford, Co-pilot: Chas Jahn, Navigator: Chas Stata, Bombardier: Bob Bruce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Allen Horning, Radio Operator: Foy Hartzog, Ball turret gunner: Chas Gale, Waist gunner: Jack McLarty, Waist gunner: Andy Dyke, Tail gunner: Bill Heller (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, near Lolland, Den, Missing Air Crew Report 874. SHADES OF STRICNINE aka SON.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bruce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Clifford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5221 'Son', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Andrew Dyke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 Oct 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Gale

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Foy Hartzog

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Heller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5221 'Son', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Allen Horning

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Jahn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Larty

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

  • Charles Stata

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425221 'Son. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 October 1943
Crashed Baltic Sea 9 October 1943

Ship was attacked by a trio of FW-190s, severely damaging it with cannon fire. Last seen with its No. 3 engine on fire and feathered. Crashed south of Lolland, Germany in the Baltic Sea, with all 10 crew members killed in action.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 21:19:18 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 18:35:15 CastleBren Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 874 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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