Captain Robert J. Molloy, Service # O-797044, was the Navigator aboard the Lockheed-Vega built B-17G-15-VE, 42-97526, on its 19th mission. The MACR is 2723. The pilot was Alexander J. Kiseelburgh. His widow lived in El paso, TX in 2001. The Co-Pilot was Bromley, and the Bombardier was Sorenson. Dunn (possible initials were R.B.) was Engineer, TSgt Joseph T. Facilla was Radio Operator, Ball Turret Gunner was Dravecky, Bertone was Waist Gunner, Jessup was Tail Gunner, and Watts was on board as a photographer. Bromley, Facilla, Dravecky, and Watts were also lost. The rest became POW.
They were on a mission to bomb a Regensburg, Germany fighter factory. It was to be the 301st Bomb Group's most costly mission losing eleven B-17s over the enemy territory and two more inside friendly lines. Six others suffered major damage. The 301st submitted claims for 49 enemy fighters shot down but the 15th Air Force credited them with 31. Only one 353rd BS B-17 returned from that combat it is reported.
Your uncle's plane was downed by the fighters as were all that day according to reports. It was estimated over 150 enemy fighters attacked the Group. 42-97526 crashed near Kranj. This B-17G was delivered new to Denver on 11 December 1943.
You probably already know this, but according to the AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION website http://www.abmc.gov/detailwwnew.php
Captain Molloy was buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium at Plot C, Row 32, Grave 1.
I also found there where:
Joseph T. Facilla, Service # 32429506 entered the Service from: New York and was buried at: Plot D Row 42 Grave 14
Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.
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