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42-5382

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/11/42; Berry 31/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-E] Molesworth 25/2/43; 15 x missions; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is, Holl. 25/6/43 with Dave Mack, Co-pilot: Ragnar Barhuag, Navigator: Roland Smith, Bombardier: Chas Cox, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dan Deitch, Radio Operator: Sal Cincinelli, Waist gunner: Carl Stewart, Waist gunner: Bob Spitzfaden,Tail gunner: Joe Biernacki (9 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Andy Peterson (Killed in Action); shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed near Oldenburg, Ger. No MACR. THE WITCH'S TIT.

*Side note: The "Proj. No. Mk 86" written on nose may indicate inclusion of special electronic capabilities.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-5390 The Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/42; Salina 20/1/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-L] Molesworth 26/3/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Joe Palmer, Co-pilot: Bob Sheldon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elmer Duffy, Radio Operator: Edmund Gullage,...

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

  • Frederick Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineering | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Ragnar Barhaug

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x missions (first on 1-May-43). Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5382 'The Witch's Tit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Biernacki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x missions (first on 16 april 43). Shot down 25-Jun-43 in B-17 42-5382 'The Witch's Tit'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Norman Bossie

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Salvatore Cicinelli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 missions (first on 16 april 43). Shot down 25-Jun-43 in B-17 42-5382 'The Witch's Tit'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 missions (first on 15 may 43). Shot down 25-Jun-43 in B-17 42-5382 'The Witch's Tit'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Daniel Deitch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 missions (first on 16 april 43). Shot down 25-Jun-43 in B-17 425382 'The Witch's Tit'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Philip Fleming

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Wesley Gradeville

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group

  • William Hart

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 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 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 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 48

    31 March 1943
    The shipyards ar Rotterdam, Holland are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19) and 306BG (19). The weather prevents bombing by 91BG and 306BG reducing the total effective on the target to 33 of the 78 despatched....

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • 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...

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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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Denver, CO, USA 26 November 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28, UK 25 February 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Oldenburg, Germany 25 June 1943

Poor visibility on the way to the target caused the formation to scatter. En route to Hamburg, the ship suffered flak damage from anti-aircraft, the crew bailing out and the ship crashing in the vicinity of Oldenburg, Germany. Nine members of the crew were taken prisoner, with one, the Ball Turret Gunner, killed. No MACR exists for the two planes lost this mission.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 00:58:42 CastleBren Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

**Rearranging of aircraft description and biography to better fit together**

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2019 11:49:23 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Spelling

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2019 11:41:47 phil marchese Changes to nicknames
Sources

Spelling

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2019 11:41:08 phil marchese Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

B-24 PDM

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 09:58:37 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://franckruffino.chez.com/My-Site/B-17%2042-5382.htm
http://www.303rdbg.com/aircraft-alp.html

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 09:53:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://franckruffino.chez.com/My-Site/B-17%2042-5382.htm
http://www.303rdbg.com/aircraft-alp.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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