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Hangars, buildings, runways, parked aircraft and British soldiers at Molesworth Airfield in England during World War II.

The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' based at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. The English Channel, coast and land seen from a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The Molesworth Airfield. Hangars, other buildings, runways, military vehicles and soldiers at the base. Aircraft parked in and around hangars. Three British soldiers beside a machine gun on a tripod. One soldier points upward. Hangars and barracks at the base. Quonset huts.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 31 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
303rd Bomb Group B-17s and A-20Cs in flight over the Molesworth Airfield in England during World War II.

The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. USAAF Douglas A-20C Boston IIIAs taxi past parked B-17 Flying Fortresses. The aircraft take off. Several B-17s take off. The aircraft in flight. Aerial view of the Airfield. The landscape around the Airfield. The B-17s in flight over fields and buildings in rural England.

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 20 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. Army Air Force airmen work on B-17s before they take off from Molesworth Airfield in England during World War II.

The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' based at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. A windsock flies with the wind. U.S. Army Air Force airmen work on the engine of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Several B-17s parked at the Airfield. Military jeeps around the aircraft. Two B-17s taxi along. They pass several other parked Flying Fortresses. The aircraft take off.

Date: 1942
Duration: 2 min 14 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Aircrews of the 303rd Bombardment Group take delivery of new B-17s during World War II.

The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' taking delivery of new B-17 bombers at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan. (Between 11 September and 2 October the 303rd BG took delivery of 35 new B-17Fs, 33 built by Boeing and two by Douglas. The 303rd flew missions out of Molesworth Airfield in England, during the war.) Several aircraft parked on the ramp in a row. Airmen around the aircraft. Airmen on a tug nearby. Some names and artwork on the B-17s. Hunga-Dunga painted on a B-17. Officers and airmen move under the aircraft wing. 'Garbage' painted on an aircraft. Officers stand nearby. Three crewmen laugh and pose. Additional notes: From Brian O’Neill’s “303rd Bombardment Group” here is the fate of the name ships shown: Serial No. Name Original Pilot Aircraft Fate 41-24588 Hunga Dunga J.E. Haas MIA 18 Mar 43 41-24563 Garbage A.I. Adams force landing and collision 11 Nov 43 41-24562 Sky Wolf C.H. Morales MIA 11 Jan 44

Date: 1942
Duration: 2 min 23 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Names and artwork on 303rd Bomb Group B-17s seen at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, on their way to England, during World War Two.

World War II. B-17s of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' staging at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, on their way to their base at RAF Station Molesworth, in England. Airmen work on a parked Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Names and artwork on the B-17s: Nose, body, and tail art reveal names like: 'Perk the Jerk', 'Gunnin for Marijane' under the dorsal turret, 'Duke of Paducah', 'Klee's Lounge', 'Kiler Kilgore', 'Hell Cat', 'The 8 Ball', 'The Duchess', 'One 'o' Clock Jump', 'The Devil Himself' under the aircraft nose, 'Bad Check', 'Delta Rebel No. 2', 'Knock-Out Dropper', 'Sky Club' and 'Continental' on propellers, 'Wild Bill' on a nose, 'Pepper Box' under a dorsal turret, 'Wee Willie Woo', 'Hornet's Nest', 'Lady Fairweather', 'Margaret - M' under a dorsal turret, 'Canuck' on a nose, 'Squirt' and 'Maggie' on propellers, 'Mimi' on a nose. A B-17 called 'The Green Hornet'. Two airmen stand under the aircraft. 'Yahoodi' with 'Si the Gonuf' made on an aircraft. Note: From Brian O’Neill’s “303rd Bombardment Group” here is the fate of the name ships in this film. “Hell Cat” 41-24580, pilot: T.O. O’Connor, fate: MIA 23 Jan 43 “The 8 Ball” 41-24581, pilot: W.R. Calhoun, fate: C/L UK 20 Dec 43 “The Duchess” 41-24561, pilot: H.L. Stouse, fate: ret USA, 7 Jul 44 “One O’Clock Jump” 41-24582, pilot: W.N. Frost, fate: MIA 12 Dec 42 “The Devil Himself” 41-24612, pilot: R.S. Hayes, fate: ret USA 20 Dec 44 “Bad Check” 41-24587, pilot: B.B. Southworth Jr., fate: MIA 11 Jan 44 “Knockout Dropper” 41-24605, pilot: J. Rolle, fate: ret USA 27 Mar 44 “Lady Fairweather” 41-24568, pilot: A.R. Redding, fate: MIA 23 Nov 42 “The Green Hornet” 41-24603, pilot: E.J. Sanderson, fate: MIA 23 Nov 42 “Yehudi” 41-24608, pilot: F.A. Saunders, fate MIA 3 Jan 43 (Also seen is a 91at Bomb Group B-17:“Delta Rebel No. 2” 42-5077, pilot: Lt Birdsong, fate: MIA 12 Aug 43. It is seen because the 91st BG was passing through Dow Field at the same time, during deployment to England.)

Date: 1942
Duration: 1 min 9 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
303rd Bomb Group airmen work on a parked B-17 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine while in transit to England

The United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hell's Angels' at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, while en route with their B-17s to their operating base at (RAF) Station Molesworth in England during World War II. Airmen work on a parked Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Names and artwork on the B-17s: 'Zombie - Dopey', 'Rim Fire Renner', 'Jerry Jinx', 'Lost and Found Department', 'Hostess wanted' , 'Nancy' , 'Sky Wolf,' 'Thumper', 'Idaho Potato Peeler'. Pilots look skyward. Note: From Brian O’Neill’s “303rd Bombardment Group” here is reported fate of some of the named planes: “Zombie” 41-24566, pilot: O.S. Witt, fate: MIA 20 Dec 42 “Jerry Jinx” 41-24607, pilot: E.H. Reber, fate: MIA 23 Jan 43 “Sky Wolf” 41-24562, pilot: C.H. Morales, fate: MIA 11 Jan 44 “Thumper” 41-24579, pilot: J.E. Castle, fate: crash landed UK 23 Jan 43 “Idaho Potato Peeler” 41-24565, pilot: R.C. Bales, fate: MIA 5 Nov 43

Date: 1942
Duration: 59 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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