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United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

303rd Bomb Group · H · B-17

"We Never Stood Down"

 

— 8th Air Force —

 
303rd Bomb Group · H · B-17 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
1. 303rd Bomb Group · H · B-17 Marker
Inscription.  

Flight Squadrons
358 • 359 • 360 • 427
and Support Units

Launched 11,182 B-17s against the enemy

Dist. Unit Citation • January 11, 1944
Germany and Continental Europe

Aircraft Lost in Action • 165

Base of Operations with 8th Air Force
Sept. 12, 1942 - AAF Station 107 - June 11, 1945
Molesworth, Huntingdonshire, England

The 303rd Bomb Group (H) "Hells Angels" conducted more
combat missions than any other group - 364

Two Medals of Honor
Lt. Jack Mathis 3/18/43 • T/Sgt. Forest L. Vosler 12/20/43

Commanders
Col. J.H. Wallace • Col. C.E. Marion
Col. K.O. Stevens • Col. W.S. Rader

Famous Planes
"Hells Angels" • 1st B-17 to complete 25 missions
"Knockout Dropper" • 1st B-17 to complete 50 & 75 missions

The 303rd Bomb Group was the first heavy bomb group
to complete 300 missions from the United Kingdom

Dedicated Nov. 4, 1982


 
Erected 1982 by the 303rd Bomb Group Association.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space
303rd Bomb Group · H · B-17 Marker on Memorial Wall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2020
2. 303rd Bomb Group · H · B-17 Marker on Memorial Wall
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Patriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 39° 0.979′ N, 104° 51.31′ W. Marker is in United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is in the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, on Parade Loop west of Stadium Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: USAF Academy CO 80840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 379th Bomb Group (H) (here, next to this marker); World War II Glider Pilots (here, next to this marker); 306th Bombardment Group (H) (here, next to this marker); 95th Bomb Group H (here, next to this marker); 492nd Bomb Group (H) & 801st Bomb Group (P) (here, next to this marker); 416th Bombardment Group (L) (here, next to this marker); 20th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); 344th Bomb Group (M) AAF (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in United States Air Force Academy.
 
More about this marker. Must have a valid ID to enter the USAF Academy grounds.
 
Also see . . .
1. 303rd Bomb Group Association. Association Website (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. 303rd Bomb Group. Facebook page (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Hell's Angels image. Click for full size.
via Air Force Historical Support Division, unknown
3. Hell's Angels
Assigned to the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bombardment Group (H), flew from RAF Molesworth. The plane was signed by 303rd BG AAF members after 48 missions, then returned to the US for a War Bond tour, about January 1944.
 

3. 303rd Bomb Group. American Air Museum in Britain entry (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

4. 2nd Lt. Billy L. Runnels, 303rd Bomb Group, Memories. Angela Is entry (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

5. Historical Photos from the 303rd Bomb Group (H). Cambridge Military History entry (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

6. Remarks about 303rd Bomb Group Association. Congressional Record entry by Carol Shea-Porter (2007) (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

7. 303rd Bomb Group. YouTube video (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

8. Hell's Angels vs Memphis Belle. US Documents entry (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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