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"Lead crew on bombing mission to Rennes, France, pose beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 303rd Bomb Group, England. 8 March 1943."

Rear L-R: Capt Walter M. Soha, S/Sgt Ward M. Kirkpatrick, 1Lt Samuel H. Anderson, Capt Albert W. Dieffenbach, Capt Glenn E. Hagenbuch, Lt Col Charles E. Marion.

Front L-R: T/Sgt Charles E Zipfel, T/Sgt Dale F. Brandfas, S/Sgt Edward Z. Harmon, S/Sgt Durward L Hinds, S/Sgt George W. Henderson.

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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

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission...

  • Dale Brandfas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    1-May-42 Assigned as Radio Operator of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Bosie, Idaho. 12-Oct-42 Re-assigend to B-17F 41-24569 [GN-V], "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth...

  • Albert Dieffenbach

    Military | Major | Group Bombardier
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Glenn Hagenbuch

    Military | Major | Pilot
    1-May-42 Assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. 7-Aug-42 Assigned as Pilot with crew to B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 2-Sep-42...

  • Edward Harmon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S], "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with the rank of Sergeant. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar." ...

  • George Henderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    7-Aug-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Arrived at Molesworth, UK on 25-Oct-43 aboard "S-for-Sugar". Completed a full 25-mission tour. ...

  • Durward Hinds

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    1-May-42 Orginally assigned as the Engineer on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S],"S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, but served mostly in Aerial Gunner positions. 25-Oct-42 arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". ...

  • Ward Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Charles Marion

    Military | Colonel | Assistant Chief of Staff; Director of Operations; CO
    303 Bomb Group records indicate that he was assigned as a Pilot with the 303BG/360BS on 1-May-42 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with the rank of Major. Records are not clear as to when he arrived at Molesworth, UK or on what aircraft. ...

  • Walter Soha

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator
    1-May-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S]"S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 20:28:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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