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Edward Z Harmon

Military

1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S], "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho with the rank of Sergeant. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar."

Mission Paricipations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

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...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

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 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

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 Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as an Aerial Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS.

Mission #1, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS Wilhelmshaven, Germany 27 January 1943

Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven Germany. RTB OK

Mission #7, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but severe cold and weather force Wing Command to recall the formation.

Mission #7, SGT Edward Z. Harmon, w/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Tail Gunner on B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 03:32:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:55:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016., Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:53:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016., Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:49:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016., Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 22:44:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Mde connections to 41-24610 and 42-2966 and Missions of 27-Jan-43, 2-Feb-43 and 4Feb-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 23:39:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Corrected crew position on Mission #5 event per 303BG Mission Report of 30-Dec-42:http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:29:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunnungham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:26:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunnungham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:24:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunnungham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:21:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunnungham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:18:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunnungham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:14:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:12:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 21:10:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added initial assignment info to Summary Biography; made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43), missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 14:05:54 PhillWray Changes to media associations
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Associated image from Freeman Collection image caption information.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:39 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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