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Arthur E Reddig

Military

Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24568 'Lady Fairweather' while serving as Co-Pilot Aircraft was shot down by German aircraft and crashed into the sea near Belle-Ile en Mer, France. Killed in Action (KIA). The loss is documented on MACR 15075 which has CPT Charles G. Miller as pilot. The crew of this aircraft was that of 1LT Arthur E. Reddig. This mission was the first combat mission for CPT Miller and was considered his "orientation" mission. He was not a regular member of this crew. The regular Co-Pilot of the Reddig crew was 2LT Francis McMurtry and he did not participate in any aircraft on this mission. 2LT McMurty was later KIA on 20-Dec-42 (on his third mission) in B-17F #41-24566 flying with the crew of 1LT Orville S. Witt.

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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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24568 Lady Fairweather

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather', assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Bangor 9-October-42; Molesworth 25-October-42. The original crew flew to Molesworth 24/25-Oct-42 except for Borysiewicz. The aircraft also carried as a passenger Captain Abraham Black who...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

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 North Dakota
Enlisted Unorganized Territory of Fort Snelling, MN 55417, USA 11 July 1941
Completed Basic Military Training 22 August 1941
Completed Basic Flight Training 5 February 1942
Commissioned 6 February 1942

Commissioned as Pilot - 2LT Second Lieutenant.

Assigned to Group GOWEN FIELD CACTF, Boise, ID 83716, USA 15 April 1942

Assigned to 303rd Bomb Group

Advanced Flight Training Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 12 June 1942 – 6 August 1942
Assigned with Crew Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 27 July 1942

Original crew

P 1LT Arthur E. Reddig; CP 2LT Francis M. McMurtry
N 2LT John Ercegovich, Jr. B 2LT Grady B. Ward
E/TTG SGT Robert W. Van Fleet; RO SGT Devon B. Nolen
BTG SGT Gerald S. Sturgis, LWG Sgt Ferrell A. Mann
RWG SGT Edmund Q. Borysiewicz; TG SSGT Melvin M. Tanzer

SSGT Borysiewicz was reassigned to some other unit before the 303rd departed for England. There are no records that he flew any missions with the 303rd.
SSGT Tanzer was transferred to the 427th Bomb Squadron in an Administrative position on 25-Oct-42.

Assembled with Air Echelon Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 7 August 1942 – 24 August 1942
Assigned to Aircraft Bangor International Airport (BGR), 287 Godfrey Boulevard, Bangor, ME 04401, USA 9 October 1942

Assigned to B-17F 41-24568

Promoted in Rank Bangor International Airport (BGR), 287 Godfrey Boulevard, Bangor, ME 04401, USA 10 October 1942

1LT First Lieutenant. Date is approximate. Known that he was a 1LT when he arrived in England. Location Dow Field, Maine.

Arrived in the UK Prestwick, South Ayrshire, UK 24 October 1942
Arrived at Station Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942
Mission #1 1LT Arthur E. Reddig, w/B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Flew VIII Bomber Command Mission 21. Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Faiweather", 303BG/359BS. The actual briefed target was La Pallice, but the 303rd mistook St. Nazaire for La Pallice even though they are 100 miles away from each other. RTB OK

Mission #2 1LT Arthur E. Reddig, w/B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Flew VIII Bomber Command Mission 22 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France but 1LT Reddig aborted the mission, no reason stated in Mission Report. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Belle Île, France 23 November 1942

Killed when the aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed in flames near the Belle-Ile en Mer, France. His remains were never recovered.

Mission #3 1LT Arthur E. Reddig, w/B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Flew VIII Bomber Command Mission 23 to bomb U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather", 303BG/359BS. Aircraft and crew MIA.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing. Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 02:04:23 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 19:45:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Edited Mission #3 title and description per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 19:40:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Edited Mission #2 event title and Description per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 19:28:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Edited Mission #1 title and description per 303BG websit, Gary Moncur, historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 19:16:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added location to Assigned with Crew event and location per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, Arthur E. Reddig crew page.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 21:16:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 1-May-2015. Edited Biography event removing duplicate of "Enlisted".

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 19:18:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 1-May-2015. Added additional information to the biography concerning the association of CPT Miller with the Reddig crew on this mission per the 303BG website: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-reddig.html.

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 23:17:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Apr-2015. Changed date on his completion of basic training based on a six eek training period that was stanfard at that time.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 20:34:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 31-Mar-2015. Added Promotion in Rank. He was commissioned as a 2LT on 6-Feb-42 and it is known that he was a 1LT when he arrived in the UK on 24-Oct-42, so promotion to 1LT had to occur. In peace-time promotion from 2LT to 1LT requires 18-months in grade, but war-time would probably have an accelerated advancement schedule. It is possible that he may have been promoted to 1LT when his crew was assigned on 27-Jul-42 or when he completed Advance Flight training on 6-Aug-42. "Best guess" based on analysis of his military history chronology.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 20:10:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 31-Mar-2015. Correction typo in Third Mission description.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 20:08:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 31-Mar-2015. Added Mission events per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 19:50:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 31-Ma5-2015. Added Biography events: Completion of Basic Military Tng; Completed Basic Flight Tng; Completed Advanced Flight Tng; Assembled with Air Echelon based on USAAF 303BG record at http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/303bg.HTM; Assigned with Crew; Arrived UK; Arrived at Station per 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-reddig.html; Assigned to Aircraft based on "The B-17 Flying Dortress Story" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 19:53:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 29-Mar-2015. Enlistment date from National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Enlistment records database.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 21:20:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 15-Mar-2015. Added Map locationt KIA event wihtin existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 20:40:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number and events
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Lee Cunningham 12-Mar-2015. Corrected SN to "O" (oh) from "0" (zero); Added Commissioned even and Assigned event per 303BG website: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-reddig.html

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 19:00:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Dec-2014. Edited biography for correct crash location; added KIA event per MACR 15075; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 22:41:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 6-Nov-2014. Correction to loss date in description.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 21:18:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 6-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15075; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:04 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 15075 , Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. One by Bishop and Hey, p. 48,

http://www.303rdbg.com/359reddig.html

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