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303rd Aircraft
Aircraft that were part of Life in Molesworth

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Non-Operational Aircraft used by 303rd BG(H) at Molesworth

  • Douglas A-20 "Havoc" (Twin engine attack bomber)
    British version: DB7B Douglas "Boston" II-V; Serial numbers: AL-490 (01 Mar 453 to ?); AL-491 (6 Nov 42 - 06 Jul 44); AX-92 (6 Oct 44 - 06 Jan 45). The DB-7s saw combat with 15th BS(L) from Molesworth in July 1942.

  • Vultee A-35 "Vengeance" (Single engine attack bomber)
    Serial number 41-31366 (6 Oct 44 - ?)

  • Fairchild UC-61 "Forwarder" (Two engine utility-cargo)
    Serial number 43-14471 (06 Aug 44 - 6 Dec 44)

  • Cessna UC-78 "Bobcat" (Two engine utility-cargo)
    Serial number 42-32085 (06 Sept 44 - 06 May 45)

  • Piper L-4B "Grasshopper (Single engine utility)
    Serial number 43-702 (6 Sept 44 - 6 May 45)

  • Airspeed "Oxford" (RAF twin engine advanced trainer)
    Serial number DF-299 (12 June 43 - 06 May 45)

  • de Havilland "Tiger Moth" (RAF Single Engine open two seater biplane trainer)
    Serial number T-6369 (12 June 43- 6 Oct 43)

  • Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt" (Single engine fighter)
    Serial numbers 42-8567 (6 July 44 - 06 May 45); 42-75614 (06 Apr 44 - 06 May 45) It had red triangle "C" painted on tail.

  • Consolidated B-24D "Liberator" (Four engine Bomber)
    Serial number 42-40748 (06 Feb 44 - 06 Apr 44)

  • Boeing B-17E "Flying Fortress"
    Serial number 41-9020 "Phyllis" aka "Tugboat Annie" (Used for target towing 05 Jan 43 - 23 July 44)

  • Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress"
    Serial number 42-29947 "Wabash Cannonball" (Used for formation assembly 06 Sept 44 - 06 May 45)

  • Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"
    Serial numbers 42-31055 "Aloha Ma Home" (18 Oct 43 - 06 May 45) Flew some combat missions before becoming non-operational


Non-Operational aircraft used by 303rd BG(H) in training in USA

  • Boeing B-17E "Flying Fortress"
    Assigned at Gowen Field, Boise, ID, Alamogordo AFB, NM and Biggs Field, El Paso, TX

  • Douglas A-20C "Havoc" (Twin engine bomber)
    Assigned to 303rd at Boise, Alamogordo and El Paso

  • Douglas B-18 "Bolo" (twin engine bomber)
    Assigned to 303rd at Alamogordo and El Paso

  • Douglas C-39 (Twin engine transport)
    Assigned to 303rd at Boise


British Aircraft used by 8th AF Units

  • Supermarine "Spitfire"
    (Provided fighter escort in 1942 and 1943)

  • de Havilland "Mosquito" (Two Engine Fighter/Bomber)
    (Used for reconnaissance flights by several 8th AF units)


British Operational Aircraft

  • Avro "Lancaster" (four-engine Bomber)
  • Handley Page "Halifax" (four-engine Bomber)
  • Hawker "Hurricane" Fighter
  • Supermarine "Spitfire" Fighter
  • de Havilland "Mosquito" Fighter

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