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"The aircrew, ground crew and armourers of "Hells Angels", a Boeing B-17 flying fortress, operating from England. Major Kirk R Mitchell, OK City, OK. C/O of the squadron is in the jeep. The quiet looking little job on which the armourers are sitting is a 2,000 pounder, part of the ships load."

Aircrew L-R: S/Sgt Miller, S/Sgt James Comer Jr, S/Sgt Frank Kimotek, S/Sgt Alfred Buinicky, S/Sgt Walter Gasser, T/Sgt Marion Ignaczewski, 1Lt William Monahan, 1Lt Ripley Joy, 2Lt William Maher, 2Lt Walter Hargrove.

Ground crew L-R: T/Sgt Fabian Foley [Perched atop gantry], Edward West, Johnson, Jihn Kosilla, Ernest Touhey, Wilson Fairfield, Kasmer Wegrzyn.

Armourers L-R: Unknown.

Connections

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...

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

People

  • Alfred Buinicky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Alfred Buinicky was a bench worker in a machine shop in Claremont, New Hampshire when he enlisted in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot down 31 August 1943 in...

  • James Comer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    S/Sgt James Comer Jr was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 "Augerhead" # 42-29635 of 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield. Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470.

  • Wilson Fairfield

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief

  • Fabian Folmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    member of the Hell's Angels ground crew. But got to go on a bond raising tour around the U. S. in Jan. '44. Great experience. Was then assigned to US AAFBU in Galveston TX.

  • Walter Gasser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France....

  • Walter Hargrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Evaded capture (EVD)....

  • Marion Ignaczewski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Marion Ignaczewski was an Engineer in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron. He flew missions on the William Monahan crew, but was not flying with his Pilot when Monahan's B-17 "Augerhead" #42-29635 was shot down on 31 August 1943. It is possible...

  • Ripley Joy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Ripley W. Joy was assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 358th Bomb Squadron. Starting as a Co-Pilot, he was upgraded to Pilot on 4 June 1943. After completing 25 missions with the 303rd, he was sent back to the US. He was assigned as a pilot in the 21st...

  • Frank Kimotek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck....

  • John Kosilla

    Military

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Aircraft

  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

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Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 13:33:26 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 13:19:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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