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Antonio Bednarchuk

Military

1 May-42 Assigned as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24612 [GN-R] "The Devil Himself" at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 26-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK on "The Devil Himself".

He flew with nine different crews of the 303BG/427BS over the course of completing his 25-mission tour on 12-Aug-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 41-24607 Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the...

  • 41-24612 The Devil Himself

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Bangor 25/9/42; Molesworth 26/10/42; transferred AFSC 25/5/43 for special gun tests; 1 CCRC Bovingdon /43; Returned to the USA 20/12/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

Associated Place

  • 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
Asssigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24612 "The Devil Himself", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 26 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Tail Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24612 "The Devil Himself", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, SSGT Antonio Bednarchuk, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb th U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:44:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:39:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ralph S. Hayes crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hayes.html

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:37:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. AddedAssigend to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ralph S. Hayes crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hayes.html

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 21:35:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Summary Biography and made connections to Place, AIrcraft (through 23-Jan-43) and Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ralph S. Hayes crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hayes.html

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2014 15:21:57 PhillWray Changes to awards
Sources

Award associated from Freeman Collection image caption.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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