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75th Mission of Knockout Dropper #41-24605
(crew assigned 359BS: Oct 1943 - photo: 27 March 1944)
(Savage was copilot to Billy M. Goolsby, upgraded to pilot 12 Jan 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt John N. Savage (P), 2Lt Richard K. Marsh (CP),
2Lt Myles J. Walsh (N), 2Lt John D. Joyce (B),
T/Sgt George A. Minks (R), S/Sgt Eugene B. Davis (E)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt William D. Mahaffey (photo), S/Sgt James E. Munson (BT),
Sgt Warren G. Rogers (WG), S/Sgt Raymond J. Moessner (TG), Sgt Raymond N. Dean (WG)

75th Mission of Knockout Dropper #41-24605 - 27 March 1944

Thirty-Four dispatched (31 Credited) missions of 2Lt John N. Savage:
As CoPilot: - 11 credited missions: With 2Lt Billy M. Goolsby (P) - 82 (16 Nov 1943), 83, 84(A), 88, 92, 93, 97, 101, 103, 106, 108, 109 (20 Feb 1944)
As Pilot: - 20 credited missions: 2Lt Richard K. Marsh (CP) - 110(AS) (21 Feb 44),111(AS), 112, 113, 115, 121, 123(A), 124, 127, 128, 129, 130 (AS), 131, 132, 133; 2Lt Charles H. Rice (CP) - 139, 140, 142; Three other CoPilots (146, 151 (FTO) & 152 (12 May 1944).
For mission dates and targets see the missions list.
(A) Non-Credited aborted mission -- (AS) Credited abortive sortie - no bombs dropped -- (FTO) Failed to take off.

Crew Note: 2Lt John N. Savage (P) - Flew 11 credited missions as CoPilot with the 2Lt Billy M. Goolsby crew. Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot on orders dated 12 January 1944. Flew first mission as 1st Pilot on 21 February 1944. Flew 20 credited mission as 1st Pilot. Was Pilot on mission 129, 27 March 1944, which was the 75th and last mission of original B-17F #41-24605 Knockout Dropper (359BS) BN-R - first 8th AF B-17 to fly 75 combat missions. Combat tour completed on 12 May 1944.

[photos from the 303rdBGA Archives and the Irue Ferguson Family]