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Harry W Tucker

Military

TSGT Harry W. Tucker was assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on 1Lt Lawrence G. Dunnica's crew on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS at Kellog Field. Battle Creek, Michigan on 3-Sep-42. He arrived at Molesworth, UK with the aircraft on 24-Oct-43. He participated in 11 Operations - 4 Aborted (See Biography events)
16-February-1943, shot down in B-17F 41-24541 'Spook' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. 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. 4 crew members survived to become Prisoner of War (POW)s

POW

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 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 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 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 28 March 1905
Assigned to Aircraft Battle Creek, MI, USA 3 September 1942

Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS at Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan.

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

Arrived at Molesworth, UK with B-17F 41-24541 "Spook", 303BG 358BS.

Mission #1 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France (RTB OK)

Mission #2 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France (RTB OK)

Mission #3 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France (RTB OK).

Mission #4 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS -Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France, but mechanical failure forced the Pilot to abor t the mission.

Mission #5 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France (RTB OK)

Mission #6 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS -Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission.(RTB OK)

Mission #7 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS -Aborted Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the topedo storage areas at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission.

Mission #8 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the Five Company Locomotive Works at Lille, France (RTB OK)

Mission #9 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the port areas of Lorient, France (RTB OK).

Mission #10 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 14 February 1943

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Hamm, Germany, but weather forced a recall of the entire 303BG despatch.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 16 February 1943 – 2 July 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Genikendorf (near Krems) Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 2-Jul-45.

Mission #11 TSGT Harry W. Tucker w/B-17F 41-24541, 303BG/358BS POW Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943

Served as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 42-24541 "Spook", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the port area of St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters but the managed to bale out and was captures as a Prisoner of War (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 21:21:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

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 21:18:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

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 21:15:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

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 21:11:47 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 21:07:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

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/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 21:01:04 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 20:58:56 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 20:56:30 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 20:53:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

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 20:49:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

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
17 August 2015 20:36:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 22-Nov-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 20:28:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Aug-2015 Added Assigned to AIrcraft and Arrived at Station events per 303BG webiste Lawrence G. Dunnica crew page, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-dunnica.html; Added Operation participation and connected Missions per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 18:54:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 19-Feb-2015 . Confirmed SN per MACR 15476; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII database; Made connections to Place and Mission and added decorations 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 18:12:30 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, NARA web site, 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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