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42-29846

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/45; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 16/5/43; 16m Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/10/43 with Vic Loughman, Co-pilot: Winfield Gredvig, Navigator: Jim Maxwell, Bombardier: Ed Pullman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene High, Radio Operator: Russ Daley, Ball turret gunner: Ken McGee, Waist gunner: Gordon Barr, Waist gunner: Paul Robillard, Tail gunner: Bill Knorpp (10 Prisoner of War); mech problem, crashed St Vith, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 780.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Gordon Barr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • Russell Daley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Winfield Gredvig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene High

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Marched westward from Krems. AM/ POW

  • Billy Knorpp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Victor Loughnan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Maxwell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth McGee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Pullman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29846, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 4 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 22:29:15 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #108 for 4 Oct 1943.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 21:09:04 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 780 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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