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2004/12/02 13:26:32 (permalink)
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Capt. Robert J. Molloy

Looking for information on my uncle who was lost 25 Feb 1944. He was a navigator in the 353rd BS. I think the MACR must be 2722, 2723, or 2724.

Thanks,
Bob Molloy

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    Lowell Thompson
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/03 21:25:04 (permalink)
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    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.

    Make a request for any other info desired at our website: www.301bg.com

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/06 12:45:41 (permalink)
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    Do you have the full names or initials of the names listed? Thanks.
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/06 15:04:36 (permalink)
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    Bob,

    Probably going there next Saturday again. Could take a picture of the marker for you ! Please advice.

    Take care,

    Paul
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/06 16:50:27 (permalink)
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    A photo or a listing, whichever is easier.

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/06 20:29:50 (permalink)
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    Bob Molloy sent me this list of them today:

    Pilot POW Capt Alexander J. Kisselburgh, Jr.
    Co-Pilot POW Capt John Bromley, Jr.
    Navigator KIA Capt Robert J. Molloy
    Bombardier POW 2Lt Glenn A. Sorenson
    Engineer POW TSgt Paul O. Dunn
    Radio Operator KIA TSgt Joseph T. Facilla
    Ball Turret KIA Sgt Joseph Dravecky
    Waist Gunner POW SSgt Anthony J. Bertone
    Tail Gunner POW SSgt Dalma L. Jessup

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/07 14:38:29 (permalink)
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    Paul,

    Were you offering to take a picture of my uncle's grave? If you were, that would be great!

    Thanks very much,
    Bob
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/07 14:44:46 (permalink)
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    Dave,

    If you were specifically interested in the bombardier, here's what I have:

    2Lt Glenn A. Sorenson
    O-672287
    from Wyoming
    interned at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12 
    died in 1997

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/07 15:14:42 (permalink)
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    Bob,

    I'll do my best....


    Take care,

    Paul
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/08 12:42:29 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the additional info!!

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/08 14:21:54 (permalink)
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    Dave,

    I assumed, because of your Website, that you would want the bombardier. But I do have additional info on the others if you want it.

    Bob
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/09 08:45:58 (permalink)
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    Bob,
    Yes I would be glad to see the other crew data. Thanks!!

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/09 09:05:21 (permalink)
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    Here's what I have on the crew of 42-97526 so far. It's listed in the following order:

    Position
    Status
    Rank
    Name
    Serial #
    Home State
    Camp/Cemetery
    Year Died (all but one)
    DOB (for 3 of them)

    Pilot
    POW
    Capt
    Alexander J. Kisselburgh Jr.
    O-429956
    California
    Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011 Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)
    1996

    Co-Pilot
    POW
    Capt
    John Bromley Jr.
    O-415382
    Pennsylvania
    Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
    2001

    Navigator
    KIA
    Capt
    Robert J. Molloy
    O-797044
    Massachusetts
    Ardennes American Cemetery Neupre Belgium
    1944
    26 Aug 1920

    Bombardier
    POW
    2Lt
    Glenn A. Sorenson
    O-672287
    Wyoming
    Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
    1997

    Engineer
    POW
    TSgt
    Paul O. Dunn
    14098026
    Georgia
    Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
    1989

    Radio Operator
    KIA
    TSgt
    Joseph T. Facilla
    32429506
    New York
    Lorraine American Cemetery St. Avold France
    1944

    Ball Turret
    KIA
    Sgt
    Joseph Dravecky
    13003267
    Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia
    1944
    27 Dec 1923

    Waist Gunner
    POW
    SSgt
    Anthony J. Bertone
    36321394
    Illinois
    Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

    Tail Gunner
    POW
    SSgt
    Dalma L. Jessup
    14149193
    North Carolina
    Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
    2004

    Photographer
    KIA
    Sgt
    Harold J. Watts
    16038750
    Rock Island National Cemetery Rock Island Illinois
    1944
    17 Mar 1924
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2004/12/10 12:49:18 (permalink)
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    Bob,
    To quote MR. Burns, "Excellent!" Thanks for your help.

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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2006/11/24 23:34:43 (permalink)
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    Mr. Thompson,
     
    My father was Dalma Lee Jessup, tailgunner on the B-17 mentioned in this Email.  I have a comprehensive oral transcription of the day Dad was shot down (February 25, 1944) if you would be interested in receiving it.  Dad died in June of 2004 but had a good memory until the last year of his life, especially as it relates to his WWII experiences.
     
    Lee Jessup
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    leejessup@unitedwaydavidson.org or leejessup@yahoo.com
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2006/11/24 23:52:18 (permalink)
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    Lee,
     
    I would be VERY interested in that!  Thank you.  My father was a tailgunner for about half of hios 50 missions with the 301st as well.  He died in April 2004.
     
    I will E-mail you later tonight.
     
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    RE: Capt. Robert J. Molloy 2006/11/25 00:12:28 (permalink)
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    Lowell,
     
    I'm using my laptop at Mom's home over the Thanksgiving holiday, "borrowing" some wireless bandwidth from a neighbor.  Email me at the leejessup@unitedwaydavidson.org address and I'll get back to you when we return home this weekend.  Have a picture of Dad's crew that was sent to me by Daniel Studenburg in Germany.  Will send you that as well. 
     
    Good to hear from you!  Sorry I'm just now getting up to speed on some of this...Dad and I talked about it constantly for his 83 years but I'm just now doing some further research on the 'net...  Brokaw was right - they were "The Greatest Generation."
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