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Michael A Dugan Jr


Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 - After the A/C broke up Dugan was the only man to make it out of the nose section. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13569

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Francis Taub

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Held A/C level for crew to bale out, last seen on catwalk to escape hatch before spin....

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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


  • 42-97557 "Mercy's Madhouse"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/12/43; 1SAG Langley 12/1/44; Mitchell 15/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 5/2/44; transferred 422NLS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 20/3/44; 544BS/384BG [SU-X] Grafton Underwood 4/8/44; 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 8/44; landing...

  • 43-39160

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 23/12/44; Grenier 3/1/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 4/2/45; Missing in Action Hamburg 20/3/45 with Francis Taub, John Cooper, Elmer McWilliams (3 Killed in Action); Chas Johnson, Mike Dugan, Warren Chrisman, Chester...


  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Hudson County, NJ 28 July 1924
Next of Kin Baynonne, New Jersey 1942

Mother Mrs Michael A Dugan Snr.

Enlisted Newark, NJ 25 June 1943
Based Molesworth 1944 – 20 March 1945

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Westerade, Germany 20 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 POW MACR 13569

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 20 March 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 16 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 8 August 1990
Buried Riverside National Cemetery, CA 13 August 1990

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County, CA


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2019 21:24:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2019 21:54:11 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:09 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13569