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"Lead crew on bombing mission to Rotterdam, Holland in front of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Ooold Soljer'. 303rd Bomb Group, England. 4 March 1943."

Rear L-R: 1Lt Reinaldo J Saiz, 1Lt Samuel H Anderson, Capt Lewis E Lyle, Lt Col George L. Robinson, 1Lt Otis Allen Hoyt.

Front L-R: Sgt Tom McGiffin, T/Sgt Gene K. Smith, T/Sgt Woodrow W Smith, T/Sgt Clayton S. Balcombe, T/Sgt Martin A. Semonick, S/Sgt Edward A. Bradford.

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Units

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Clayton Balcombe

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    06-Mar-42 Assigned as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24559 [PU-C] "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Ooold Soljer" ...

  • Edward Bradford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    6-Mar-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F #41-24559 [PU-C], "Ooold Soljer:, 303BG 360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Ooold Soljer." ...

  • Otis Hoyt

    Military | Major | Navigator
    23-Jun-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24620 [PU-O] "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard B-17F 41-24620. Completed a 25-mission tour on 13-Jun-42. ...

  • Lewis Lyle

    Military | General | Commanding Officer
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as a Pilot with 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 6-Mar-42 assigned as Pilot with crew of B-17F #41-24559 [PU-F] "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 through 7-Aug-42 He and his crew underwent...

  • Tom McGiffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner
    6-Dec-42 First mission as Tail Gunner of B-17 #41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. ...

  • George Robinson

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer; Pilot
    He began his military career 28 Apr 1931 when he enlisted as a private in the Air Corps. He became an aviation cadet 25 Jun 1936 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. with pilot's wings 30 Jun 1937 at Kelly Field, TX. From that point he progressed steadily...

  • Reinaldo Saiz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    10-Jul-42 Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Amaogordo, New Mexico, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived as Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me". Flew 26 Missions and completed his...

  • Martin Semonick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Waist Gunner
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper" at Gowen Field, Boise Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Thumper" ...

  • Gene Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] "Thumper", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Thumper". ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-24559 Ooold Soljer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24559 'Ooold Soljer' was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 11:41:14 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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