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42-31386

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-W] Molesworth 18/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin (36m) 19/5/44 with Ernie Roth, Navigator: George Bays, Bombardier: Herman Moening, Radio Operator: Earl Buckingham, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Streicher, Waist gunner: John Kurzawksi (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don Gibbons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Dexter, Waist gunner: Armout Martins,Tail gunner: Henry Gardner (4 Prisoner of War); flak on nose and blew off #3, exploded and crashed Pichelsberg, near Berlin; Missing Air Crew Report 4949. WOOF aka SKY DUSTER.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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

  • George Beys

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin mission in B-17 42-31386 'Sky Duster'. Unable to escape doomed A/C. 19-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4949 Awards: AM, PH

  • Earl Buckingham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4231386 'Sky Duster. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Adam Champagne

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Fred Dexter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-31386 'Sky Duster. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Gardner

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4231386 'Sky Duster. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Gibbons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4231386 'Sky Duster. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Kurzawski

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4231386 'Sky Duster. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Arnout Martens

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4231386 'Sky Duster. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herman Moening

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4231386 'Sky Duster. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ernest Roth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin mission in B-17 42-31386 'Sky Duster'. Unable to escape doomed A/C. 19-May-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4949 Awards: AM, PH

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 358

    19 May 1944

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 28 October 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 28-Oct-43.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 18 January 1944

Assigned 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Pichelsberg, Germany 19 May 1944

Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44; Flak on nose and blew off #3, exploded and crashed Pichelsberg, nr Berlin. 4 x POW, 6 x KIA MACR 4949.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2019 17:29:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28651411

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2019 16:08:31 jac59200 Changes to nicknames
Sources

jeff champagne

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4949 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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