Molesworth : U.S.A.A.F. 303rd. Bombardment Group.


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Reference WMO226871

Address:

Brington Road,

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambs

PE28 5AG

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Pillar/column
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Free standing Memorial Tablets to be viewed front and backCentral square tablet surmounted by a triangle with the letter 'C' denoting the 303rd was in the 1st Air Division. Rectangular tablets to left and right
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Memorial central tablet Back view MIGHT IN FLIGHT Right hand tablet: He lived to bear his country's arms./ He died to save its honour./ He was a soldier and he knew a soldier's duty./ His sacrifice will help to keep aglow/ the flaming torch that lights 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 which he so gallantly has placed his life/ upon the alter (sic) 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 SACRIFIED THEIR LIVES/ FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM Front view: Left hand: 303rd BOMB GROUP (H)/ 8th AIR FORCE/ ARRIVED UK - 12 SEP 42/ FIRST COMBAT MISSION 17 NOV 42/ LAST COMBAT MISSION 25 APR 45/ 364 COMBAT MISSIONS/ (THE MOST OF ANY 8AF B-17 GROUP)/ 10,721 SORTIES/ 378 ENEMY AIRCRAFT DESTROYED/ FIRST 8AF B-17 TO REACH/ 300 MISSIONS - 9 JAN 45/ DISTINGUISHED UNIT CITATION/ FOR MISSION 11 JAN 44/ 303rd BOMB GROUP AIRMEN AWARDED/ THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR/ (NAMES)/ 841 KILLED IN ACTION/ 747 TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR/ 210 B-17's LOST (COMBAT AND TRAINING) Central tablet: 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/ At base: REMEMBERED/ WITH/ HONOR Right hand tablet: 303rd BOMB GROUP (H)/ ACTIVATED PENDLETON FIELD, OREGON 3 FEB 42/ DEACTIVATED CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 25 JUL 45/ COMBAT COMMANDERS (NAMES) SQUADRONS ASSIGNED/ SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS/ 444 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 DEPT/ COMPANY E 156th INF - 328th SERVICE SQ - 8AF DENTAL DET/ 3rd PROVISIONAL GAS DEFENSE DET/ 425th AIR SERVICE GROUP

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