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42-97406

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Gr Island 17/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 12/4/44; Missing in Action Kassel 19/4/44 with John LaFontin, Co-pilot: Lynn Bostick, Waist gunner: Dan Harrington (3 Killed in Action); Navigator: Frank Keneley, Bombardier: Angelo Depeder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Sommers, Radio Operator: Dan Abeles, Ball turret gunner: Don Schwab,Tail gunner: Ken Fiigen (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Rohrberg, a mile SW of Rohrig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4047.

Service

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Daniel Abeles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lynn Bostick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 42-97406. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Angelo Depeder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Fiigen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Fontin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Daniel Harrington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Frank Keneley

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Schwab

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 20 December 1943 in B-17 #37767 on return from mission to Bremen, made emergency landing at Cambridge AF . Fuel tanks were completely empty. H. F. Weber crew. POW

  • Samuel Sommers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4047 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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