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Vern Lavon Moncur

Military

Service

People

  • Victor Gorecki

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group

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

  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 42-29629 'CONNECTICUT YANKEE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Salina 1/2/43; Homestead 17/2/43; New Castle 25/2/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-A] Thurleigh 12/3/43; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 25/9/43; Returned to the USA 560 BU Palm Springs 25/4/44; 4100 BU Patterson 23/2...

  • 42-3029 Wallaroo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 13/1/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [VK-N] Homestead 5/3/43; Molesworth 9/4/43 (35missions). Missing in Action 14 January 1944 with Pilot Captain Merle R. Hungerford Jr, Co-pilot: Karl B. Arundale, Navigator: Joe B. Vogel, Bombardier: James F...

  • 42-3131 Winnie The Pooh, Flak Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; 19/4/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Molesworth 4/6/43; RWG Leon Kesky Killed in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43; 40m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Carothers, Co-pilot: Chas Frost, Radio Operator: George...

  • 42-31405 'WALLEROO MK II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Romulus 26/11/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-X] Molesworth 14/1/44; on mission 29/4/44 with Lt Roth, Co-pilot: Homer Raker (KIA by flak); on cross country flight to RAF Heston, Middx, 7/8/44 with Capt Ken...

  • 42-38050 'Thunder Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Syracuse 18/12/43; Presque Isle 22/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 18/1/44; transferred 384 Grafton Underwood 23/3/45; ret Molesworth 14/4/45; transferred 388BG Knettishall 30/4/45; 116m, retUS Bradley 11/7/45...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rupert, Minidoka County, Idaho, USA 29 October 1916
Died Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA 3 January 1985

(aged 68)

Buried Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA

Bountiful Memorial Park

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 22:02:42 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added a connection to A/C #42-29629 per info on the 303th BG website about Pilot Vern Moncur’s mission journal.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 21:58:47 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added a connection to A/C #42-31405 per info on the 303th BG website about Pilot Vern Moncur’s mission journal.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 21:11:38 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #42-3131 per info on the 303th BG website about Pilot Vern Moncur’s mission journal.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 21:05:02 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added a connection to A/C #42-3029 per info on the 303th BG website about Pilot Vern Moncur’s mission journal.
Source: http://www.303rdbg.com/thunderbird/vlm-journal.html#miss7

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 21:01:25 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #41-24561 per info on the 303th BG website about Pilot Vern Moncur’s mission journal.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 20:52:14 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Added "O-" before the S/N for consistency.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 19:08:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Removed source info inadvertently put in the "Summary biography" section.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 18:31:45 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

Added middle name and Born, Died and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 35784751.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35784751/vern-lavon-moncur.

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 14:52:31 glm303 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Gary Moncur
303rdBG Historian

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2015 21:15:59 glm303 Changes to awards
Sources

Gary L Moncur
303rd BG Historian
www.303rdBG.com

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2015 21:11:46 glm303 Changes to awards
Sources

Gary L Moncur
303rd BG Historian
www.303rdBG.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.303rdbg.com/359moncur.html

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