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Lawrence G Dunnica

Military

1LT Lawrence G. Dunninca was assigned to 303BG/358BS with B-17F 41-24541 [VK:B] "Spook" at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 3-Sep-42. He arrived with his crew (except LWG SGT Wayne P. Harker) at Molesworth on 24-Oct-42. The aircraft also carried two passengers on the overseas flight: MSG Paul B. McDermott, 358BS Engineering Department and COL James H. Wallace, Commanding Officer, 303BG. He participated in 11 Operations - 4 Aborted and credited with 8 missions. (See Biography events)

Shot down 16-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24541 'Spook' while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was attacked by ME 109s when it descended to assist another aircraft. Went down in Channel off Brest Peninsula The target was St. Nazaire. Killed in Action (KIA). 4 crew members survived to become Prisoner of War (POW)s

Air Medal, Purple Heart

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24541 Spook

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24541 "Spook" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Kellogg Fd 14-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Sep-42;The aircraft participated in 12 Operations - 4 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

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...

  • 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,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Fighter Command DIVERSION

    20 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group despatches 36 Spitfires as a diversion for RAF 'Circus' 244. For definition of 'Circus' see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_RAF_code_names

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

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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 Oklahoma
Assigned to Aircraft Battle Creek, MI, USA 3 September 1942

Assigned to 303BG/358BS B-17F 41-24541 "Spook" at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan.

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

Arrived at Molesworth as Pilot of 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS.

Mission #1 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #2 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK).

Mission #3 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lillie, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #4 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failures forced hum to abort the mission. (RTB OK)

Mission #5 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #6 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced hum to abort the mission. (RTB OK)

Mission #7 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the torpedo storage areas at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced hum to abort the mission. (RTB OK)

Mission #8 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Fives Comapny Locomotive Works at Lillie, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #9 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #10 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but weather caused the entire 303BG despatch to be re-called. (RTB OK).

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 16 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed into the English Channel off of the Brest Peninsula, France

Mission #11 1LT Lawrence G. Dunnica w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS KIA Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Aircraft shot down by fighters. (KIA)

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing,Brittany American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:32:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 16-Aug-2015. Correcting typo in Mission #11 event.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:31:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 16-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:27:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 14-Feb-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:23:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:18:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 13-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:16:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 3-Jan-43, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:12:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 30-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:08:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 20-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:05:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 16:00:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 15:57:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2015 19:52:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 16-Aug-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft and Arrival at Station events per 303BG website Dunnica crew page, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-dunnica.html; Added Mission #1 event per 303BG Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2015 19:34:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 16-Aug-2015. Added introductory paragraph to Summary Biography based on 303BG website crew page for Dunnica, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-dunnica.html; Made connections to Missions from: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 17:57:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2015 . Corrected SN added KIA event per MACR 15476; Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position and minor edits to Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15476 / MACR 15476, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 77, Might in Flight Daily Diary of Hell's Angels by Harry Gobrect pp. 137-8 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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