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John W Plummer

Military

2LT John W. Plummer was orginally assigned as the Bombardier on B-17F, #41-24603 "Green Hornet" [BN-Y], 303BG/359BS on 10-Sep-42 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas and arrived with the aircraft at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24568 "Lady Fairweather" while serving as bombardier. Plane crashed in to Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA). Participated in 3 operations (1 abort).

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...

  • 41-24603 The Green Hornet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24603 "Green Hornet" [BN-Y], 303BG/359BS was assigned with a combat crew on 10-Sep-42 at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas then moved to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 9-Oct-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK on 22-Oct-42. ...

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 Aircraft Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 10 September 1942

Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24603, "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.

Arrived at Station Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK with B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/359BS.

Mission #1 2LT John W. Plummer, w/B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942

Assigned as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet" on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France but the mission was aborted, no reason given in mission report. RTB OK.

Mission #2 2LT John W. Plummer, w/B-17F 41-24603, 303BG/359BS 18 November 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24603 "Green Hornet", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

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

Killed when the aircraft was shot down by German aircraft and crashed into the se near Belle-Ile en Mer, France.

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

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24568 "Lady Fairweather", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down into the sea by German fighters and he was 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 19:35:58 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
17 February 2020 19:34:04 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 21:55:59 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 21:52:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:48:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reoprt of 17-Nov-42.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:41:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added Arrived at Station event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne, historical summary of B-17F 41-24603.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:38:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303Bg website, Gary Moncur, Historian, per Ellis J. Sanderson crew page.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:34:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Added assigment with 41-24603 and mission participation to Summary biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ellis G. Sanderson crew page.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 21:26:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2015. Made connections to 41-24602 and all mission participations per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reprots and crew pages of Ellis J. Sanderson and Arthur E. Reddig.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 19:13:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Dec-2014. Edited biography for crash location, added KI A event per MACR 15075; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 22:38:40 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 21:29:40 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 18:16:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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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