HAROLD L STOUSE CREW - 360th BS
(crew assigned 360BS: 27 Oct 1944 - photo: 19 Jan 1945)
(Stouse was an Original 359th Pilot.
This photo is from his 2nd Tour as a 360th pilot.)
Capt Harold L. Stouse (P) (Back #2),
2Lt Raymond E. White (CP)(KIA),
1Lt James L. Puryear (B),
2Lt Melvin E. Papp (B)(Back #3)
T/Sgt George F. Bostwick (E),
S/Sgt Leo F. Wotanis (WG),
Seventeen dispatched (16 credited) combat Missions - Capt Harold L. Stouse - 2nd Combat Tour:
T/Sgt Joseph D. Lillis (R),
S/Sgt James O. Carter, Jr. (TG),
S/Sgt James H. Gilbert (BTG)
(Carter and Gilbert may be reversed.)
Ten B-17Gs Flown by Capt Harold L. Stouse on his 17 dispatched 360BS combat missions:
- Three missions as First Pilot with assigned crew: (267 (4 Nov 44), 268, 271 (10 Nov 44)
- Four missions as Squadron Lead Crew Pilot: 272 (11 Nov 44), 278, 284, 286 (12 Dec 44)
- Eight Missions as Group Lead Crew Pilot: 294 (31 Dec 44), 317(Abort), 322, 326, 330, 338, 342, 349 (31 Mar 45).
- One mission as Deputy Group Lead Crew Pilot : 357 (10 Apr 45)
For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.
(Abort) Non-credited aborted mission due to mechanical problems
- 43-38541 (No name) (360BS) PU-D - Mission 267
- 44-6523 (No name) (360BS PU-A - Mission 268
- 43-38563 Jackie (360BS) PU-H - Mission 271
- 44-8125 (PFF) (P) Sparky (360BS) PU-Y - Missions 284, 294, 322, 326, 330, 342, 349
- 44-8038 (PFF) (No name) (427BS) GN-Z - Mission 272
- 44-8039 (PFF) (No name) (360BS) PU-Z - Mission 278
- 44-8439 (PFF) (No name) (427BS) GN-Y - Mission 286
- 44-8522 (PFF) (No name) (360BS) PU-X - Mission 317 (Aborted)
- 44-8564 (PFF) (No name) (360BS) PU-Z - Mission 338
- 44-6517 (No name) (360BS) PU-F - Mission 357
(P) See Nose Art Photo -- (PFF) Lead Crew PFF B-17 with radar dome in lieu of Ball Turret
[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]
- Captain Harold L. Stouse (P) - Was an original Pilot assigned to 359th BS on 24 June 1942
at Boise, Idaho. Flew on seventeen dispatched (16 credited missions) with his 359th BS
Crew (17 Nov 1942 through 17 April 1943). The Stouse crew received orders returning them to
the USA to take part in special assignments in the 3rd Air Force which was training replacement
crews. Was Pilot on mission 24, 18 March 1943, on which his Bombardier, 1Lt Jack W. Mathis
was killed and awarded the Medal of Honor.
See 359th BS Harold L. Stouse Crew web page for details on his 359th BS missions.
Captain Stouse grew tired with his training assignment and requested transfer back to the
303rd BG(H) which was approved. He arrived at Molesworth and was assigned to the 360th
BS on 27 October 1944 and flew on 16 additional credited combat missions. Became a Lead Crew
Pilot and served as the 360th BS Operations Officer.
Capt Stouse flew on three missions (267, 268, 271) with his new crew before being assigned as a
Lead Crew Pilot. His crewmen became 360BS utility crewmen who flew with many different Pilots.
Captain Stouse completed 32 credited missions with the 359th and 360th Bomb Squadron on 10 April 1945 (Mission 357) for a credited combat tour.
- 2Lt Raymond E. White (CP)(KIA) - Missions flown: Three with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271).
Fifteen with other Pilots - Total 18 missions Was killed on 21 January 1945 (Mission 305), 1Lt
Richard Duffield (P) in B-17G 44-8137 (No name) 359BS (BN-Z) flying as a Tail Gunner/Observer.
1Lt Duffield's B-17 caught the right wing of the Lead B-017 of the 2nd Flight, B-17G 42-97058
Scorchy II (359BS), 2Lt Richard F. Tasker (P). Both B-17's lost wings and crashed near Rottweil,
Germany. There was only one POW survivor in each of the two B-17s.
- 2Lt Raymond E. Papp (N) - Missions flown: Four with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271, 322);
Twenty-Six with other Pilot. Last fifteen missions flown as a Lead Crew Navigator.
Completed his 30 mission combat tour on 9 April 1945 (Mission 356).
- 2Lt James L. Puryear (B) - Missions flown: Four with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271, 357);
Twenty-five with other Pilots - sixteen as a Lead Crew Bombardier.
Completed 29 combat missions on 25 April 1945 (Mission 264).
- T/Sgt George F. Bostwick (E) - Missions flown: Seven with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271, 322, 326, 338, 342; Nineteen with other Pilots - six as a Lead crew Engineer.
Completed 26 combat missions on 21 March 1945 (Mission 342).
- T/Sgt Joseph D. Lillis (R) - A remarkable USAAF crewman and hero. 27 year old T/Sgt Lillis was
a veteran of the early days of the Pacific War against the Japanese. Flew on 76 difficult missions
in the Pacific and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, DFC and Air Medal
with clusters. Sometime after returning to the USA from the Pacific Theater he requested an
assignment to the 8th Air Force. and became the 360th BS Capt Stouse crew Radio Operator on
27 Oct 1944; 360th BS Missions flown: Eight with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271, 322, 326, 338, 349,
357); Twenty-one with other Pilots. Completed twenty-nine 360BS mission combat tour on 16
April 1945 (Mission 361). With his 76 Pacific missions he completed 105 combat missions - the
most flown by any 303rd BG(H) crewman.
- S/Sgt James H. Gilbert (BTG) - Missions Flown: Three with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271);
Seventeen with other Pilots. Completed twenty combat missions on 14 April 1945 (Mission 359).
- S/Sgt Leo F. Wotanis (WG) - Missions flown: Eight with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271, 322, 326, 338, 349, 357; Twenty-one with other Pilots. Completed 29 mission combat tour on 14 April 1945
- S/Sgt James O. Carter (TG) - Missions flown: Four with Capt Stouse (267, 268, 271, 357);
Nineteen with other Pilots. Completed 23 combat missions on 16 April 1945 (Mission 361).
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]