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Lewis Melvin Schulstad Jr

Military

Enlisted in the Army May 23, 1939. Retired December 1965 as an Air Force Colonel.

He enlisted at Rantoul, Illinois-Chanute Air Force Base May 23, 1939-received Cadet training in Tucson Air Base, graduating in August, 1941-reported to Allan Hancock College of Aeronautics in Santa Maria, California for first appointment as flying cadet. Graduated from West Coast Flying Center at Stockton Field, California in March, 1942 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

10-Jul-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 [PU-J] "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with rank of 1st Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Beats Me". Stationed with 303rd Bomb group of the 8th Air Force for 33 months-promoted to Major in 1944. Led formations over Germany and other parts of Europe completing 44 missions-received Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters while in England. Retired December 1965.

Completed 44 missions; went to Schweinfurt three times. Real first name is Lewis but AAF misspelled name as Louis. He reported to the 306th stateside on 19 March 1942, but flew overseas with with 303rd on 06 Jul 1942.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.
2 DFC; AM w/ Silver OLC;

Service

People

  • Paul Buckley

    Military | Sergeant | Photographic | 303rd Bomb Group

  • John Chapman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 8-Mar-44 in B-17G #42-31471 "Doolittle's Destroyers" while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft was damaged by flak near Berlin and later attacked by ME109s on a mission to Erkner, Germany. All of the crew bailed out near Haldensleben, Germany and were...

  • John De Sousa

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • William Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Signed up for second tour. 44 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Huston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

  • Leo Lanier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 26 mission tour, olunteered for 2nd tour, shot down on 7th mission of his 2nd tour. 15-Oct-43 A/C accident on return from mission in B-17 42-5393 'Thumper Again' RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Brandenburg in...

  • Anthony Laurinitis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

  • George Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Maint Gunner 748 | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C accident on return from mission in B17 42-5393 'Thumper Again' 15-Oct-43. RTD Award: DFC, AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Schultz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

  • Felix Spoerri

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

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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...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 360th Bomb Squadron
  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24602 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24602 was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; On the 29-May-43 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France the aircraft was damaged by flak over the target and then attacked and shot down by fighters...

  • 42-2967 Shak Hak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 42-5260 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/42; Salina 15/12/42. ...

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 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 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • 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 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

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 Duluth, MN, USA 9 March 1918
Lived in Reynolds, ND 58275, USA 1 August 1919 – 22 May 1939
Enlisted Rantoul, IL 61866, USA 23 May 1939
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 10 July 1942

Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS.

Mission #1, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/360BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17 41-24602 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie.

Mission #4, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie.

Mission #6, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but severe weather forced Wing Cmmand to recall the entire formation. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 1LT Louis M. Schulstad, w/B-17F 42-5260, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-5260 "Yardbird II", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaaire, France. RTB OK.

Died Everett, WA, USA 6 January 2012
Buried Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 22:28:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 22:20:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 24-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 14-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:08:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 23:01:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:54:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:51:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:48:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:44:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:40:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:35:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG wensite, Gary Moncur, Historian. Louis M. Schulstad crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-schulstad.html

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:33:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG wensite, Gary Moncur, Historian. Louis M. Schulstad crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-schulstad.html

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2016 22:30:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment with 303 and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography; Made connections of AIrcraft (through 23-Jan-43) and Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG wensite, Gary Moncur, Historian. Louis M. Schulstad crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-schulstad.html

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 22:04:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations
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Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015. Deleted Aircraft connection - confusing to loss details.

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2015 20:00:36 essla Changes to events
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Eric Schulstad

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2015 19:52:08 essla Changes to biography and events
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Eric Schulstad

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2015 19:45:43 essla Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations
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Eric Schulstad

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2015 19:39:27 essla Changes to place associations
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Eric Schulstad

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2015 19:36:46 essla Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, highest rank and awards
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Eric Schulstad

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, First Over Germany pg. 324;son;

http://www.303rdbg.com/360schulstad.html; National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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