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Near Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
 

303rd Bombardment Group (H) “Hells Angels”

Flew from this airfield

 

—Station 107 Molesworth —

 
303rd Bomb Group (H) "Hells Angels" Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, September 9, 2007
1. 303rd Bomb Group (H) "Hells Angels" Memorial
RAF Molesworth, UK
Inscription. Left Panel:
303rd Bomb Group (H) 8th Air Force

Arrived UK - 12 Sep 42
First Combat Mission 17 Nov 42
Last Combat Mission 25 Apr 45

365 Combat Missions
(The most of any 8AF B-17 Group)
10,721 Sorties - 378 Enemy aircraft destroyed

First 8 AF B-17 to reach
25 missions - "Hells' Angels"

First 8AF B-17 to reach
50 and 75 missions - "Knock-Out Dropper"

First 8AF Bomb Group to reach
300 missions - 9 Jan 45

Distinguished Unit Citation
for mission of 11 Jan 44

303rd Bomb Group airmen awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor:
1LT Jack Mathis - 18 Mar 43
TSGT Forrest Vosler - 20 Dec 43

841 Killed in Action
747 Taken Prisoner of War
210 B-17's Lost (Combat and Training)

Center Panel:
303rd Bombardment Group (H)
"Hell's Angels"
Flew from this airfield
Station 107 Molesworth

1942-1945

They never turned back in the face of the enemy

Right Panel:
303rd Bombardment Group (H)

Activated Pendleton Field, Oregon 3 Feb 42 - Deactivate Casablanca, Morocco 25 Jul 45

Combat Commanders
James H. Wallace Jul 42-Feb 43
Charles E. Marion Feb 43-Jul 43
Kermit D. Stevens Jul
303rd Bombardment Group (H) "Hells Angels" Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, September 9, 2007
2. 303rd Bombardment Group (H) "Hells Angels" Marker (front)
43-Oct 44
Lewis E. Lyle (acting) Sep 44-Oct 44
Richard. Cole (acting) Oct 44
William S. Raper Oct 44-Apr 45
William C. Sipes Apr 45-Jun 45

Squadrons Assigned
58th Bomb Squadron VK
359th Bomb Squadron BN
360th Bomb Squadron PU
427th Bomb Squadron GN

Support Organizations
44th Sub Depot
3rd Station Complement SQ
1681st Ordnance S&M Co
1199th Military Police Co
863rd Chemical Co
18th Weather Sq Det 107
2097th Engineers Fire-Fighting Plt
1114th Quartermaster Co
202nd Finance Section
303rd Station Hospital
249th Medical Det
Company E 156th Inf
328th Service Sq
8AF Dental Det
3rd Provisional Gas Defense Det
425th Air Service Group

Flower Holder:
Remembered with honor

Back of monument:

Center Panel:
Might in Flight

Right Panel:

He lived to bear his country's arms.
He died to save its honor.
He was a soldier, and he knew a soldier's duty.
His sacrifice will help to keep aglow
the flaming tourch that light our lives,
that millions yet unborn
may know the priceless joy of liberty.
And we who pay him homage
and revere his memory,
in solemn pride rededicate ourselves
to a complete fulfilment of the task
for
303rd Bombardment Group (H) "Hells Angels" Marker (back) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, September 9, 2007
3. 303rd Bombardment Group (H) "Hells Angels" Marker (back)
which he so gallantly has placed his life
upon the alter of man's freedom.

GEN H. H. Arnold
Commanding General
U.S. Army Air Forces

Dedicated to the gallant
American airmen
of the
303rd Bomb Group
who sacrificed their lives

for the cause of freedom

Additional Marker (Airfield Map): Station 107 Molesworth 1942-1948 303rd Bomb Group Memorial
 
Location. 52° 22.77′ N, 0° 24.357′ W. Marker is near Molesworth, England, in Cambridgeshire. Marker is on Entrance Road 0.1 kilometers north of Brington Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Molesworth, England PE28 5AG, United Kingdom.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on RAF Molesworth property however, it is outside the security fence and is accessible to the public.
 
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Additional keywords. World War two, WWII
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
303rd Bomb Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, September 9, 2007
4. 303rd Bomb Group Marker
Map of Molesworth Airfield 1942-1945
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2014, by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2014, by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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