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42-31583

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Chicago 21/12/43; New York 23/12/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 13/1/44; on mission to Landsberg 24/4/44 group nav Bill Kelly (Killed in Action); Missing in Action Augsburg 19/7/44 with Marvin Boyce, Co-pilot: Bob Taylor, Navigator: Melvin Brown, Bombardier: Stan Moody, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hobart Byrne (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Jim Jones, Ball turret gunner: Bob Baker, Waist gunner: Bill Shokai,Tail gunner: Sid Chambers (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Tutzing, SW of Munich, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7415. LITTLE PRINCESS aka CLOVER LEAF.

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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Baker

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Touzing in B-17 'Little Princess' #42-31583, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marvin Boyce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by fighters and crashed at S. Tutzing on 7/19/44 in B-17 Little Princess #4231583 POW

  • Melvin Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at S Tutzing on 7/19/44 in B-17 Little Princess #4231583. Was on his 8th mission, spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1 POW, Air Medal w/clusters

  • Hobart Byrne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at S Tutzing on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Little Princess' #42-31583, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sidney Chambers

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at S Tutzing in B-17 'Little Princess' #42-31583, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Touzing in B-17 Little Princess #4231583

  • William Kelly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 'Little Princess'.

  • Stanley Moody

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at S Tutzing on 7/19/44 in B-17 Little Princess #4231583 (there were 3 S. Moodys in the 303rd roster. Only 1 S. E)

  • Richard Scharch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radioman | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Shokal

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at S/Tutzing in B-17 Little Princess #4231583

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7415 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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