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John Arthur Beck

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[ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD.] John Beck was Radio Operator on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and crashed in Duffel, 8km NE of Mechelen, Belgium, on a mission to Büden, Germany on 22 February 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Frederick Cataldi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD.] Frederick Castaldi was Top Turret gunner on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and...

  • Robert Di Stasi

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD. ] Robert Di Stasi was Left Waist gunner on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and...

  • Charles Dodge

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. ...

  • Edward Gill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD. ] ...

  • Donald Houser

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD. ] Donald Houser was Ball Turret gunner on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and...

  • Homer Howard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD. ] Homer Howard was Bombardier on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and crashed in...

  • Eugene Kannapel

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD.] Eugene Kannapel was Right Waist gunner on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and...

  • John Morrin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD.] John Mrron was Pilot of B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and crashed in Duffel,...

  • Richard Sheehan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    [ Badly damaged on a mission to Leipzig on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-5859 crash landed near Bozeat, Northamptonshire. RTD. ] Richard Sheehan was Co-Pilot on B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and crashed in...

  • George Weinbrenner

    Military | Major | Observer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Major George Weinbrenner was Observer on board B-17F #42-5788 "AOG, Not In Stock", shot down after being attacked by five ME109s and crashed in Duffel, 8km NE of Mechelen, Belgium, on a mission to Büden, Germany on 22 February 1944. Evaded (EVD). Was...

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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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5788 'PLUTO'S AVENGER' aka 'A.O.G. NOT IN STOCK'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 24/1/43; Denver 23/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-H] Molesworth 8/4/43. Missing in Action on the 22 February 1944 mission to Bünde with Pilot John R. Morrin, Co-pilot: Richard X. Sheehan, Bombardier: Homer M. Howard...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2020 13:13:47 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2647 (not evaded but POW...)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2647 / MACR 2647, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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