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John Ercegovich Jr.

Military

Shot down 23 Nov 1942 in B-17 #41-24568 'Lady Fairweather' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was shot down by German aircraft and crashed into the sea near Belle-Ile en Mer, France Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 3 operations (1 aborted).

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
Assigned to Crew Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 27 July 1942

Assigned to 1LT Artur E. Reddig crew as Navigator in B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather", 303BG/359BS

Arrived at Station Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 24 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK Navigator of the crew of B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather" 303BG/359BS.

Mission #1 2LT John Ercegovich, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2 2LT John Ercegovich, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Assigned as Navigator on B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather, 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Mission aborted, not credited. RTB OK

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

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

Mission #3 2LT John Ercegovich, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24568, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Navigator on B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather", 303BG/359BS on mission to bomb the U-Baot pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft was shot down by German fighters. KIA.

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
17 February 2020 19:23:40 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 21:16:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added mission participation clause to Summary Biography per research of 303BG webiste, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:06:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added Arrived at Station event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, Arthur E. Reddig crew page.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:02:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 20:58:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Edited Mission #2 title and description per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 20:54:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Edited Mission #1 event and description per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 19:47:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 12-May-2015. Added Assignement to Crew and Mission events and descriptionsper 303BG website: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-reddig.html

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 19:07:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Dec-2014. Edited biography with crash location, added KIA event per MACR 15075; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 22:40:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, suffix, biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 6-Nov-2014. Correction to name and loss date in description.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 21:24:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, 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 18:16:20 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

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