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42-3192

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 16/5/43; t/o accident with Dave Rogan 25/6/43; 427BS [GN-X]; 12m Missing in Action Gilze-Rijen 19/8/43 with Jim Nix, Co-pilot: Dan Shebeck, Bombardier: Bob Solverson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Krajacic (4 Killed in Action), Navigator: Dwight Curo, Radio Operator: Curtis Brooks, Ball turret gunner: Frank Perez, Waist gunner: George Buck, Waist gunner: Joe Gross, Tail gunner: Fred Boyd, pass-Lt Lewis Moffatt [359BS (7 POWs); hit by bunch of Fw190s, crashed Carthuizer Polder, near Raamsdonkveer, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 284. Wreckage located 1983.

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

  • Fred Boyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    B-17F 42-3192 was shot down by fighters enroute to target Gilz-Rijen A/F, Holland on 19 Aug 1943. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 284 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Curtis Brooke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3192 'City of Albuquerque', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Buck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #423192 'City of Albuquerque. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dwight Curo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #423192 'City of Albuquerque. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Gross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 #423192 'City of Albuquerque. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Krajacic

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 284 Awards: AM, PH (OLC).

  • Lewis Moffatt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 August 1943 in B-17 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Nix

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to B-17F 41-24581 'The '8' Ball', 303BG/359BS on 1-Jul-42 as the Co-Pilot and arrived in the UK at Molesworth on 21-Oct-42. ...

  • Frank Perez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 19-Aug-43 in B-17 42-3192 'City of Albuquerque'. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag XVIIb where he suffered malnutrition, pneumonia and dysentery. The 303rd was ordered to bomb a German airfield located at...

  • 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.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

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) Belgium 19 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 21:34:10 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2020 02:20:58 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added a nickname for A/C.

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2018 08:48:50 TigerTimon Changes to description
Sources

wrong nickname, nickname carried by B-17F 42-5392:
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/8138

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 284 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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