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42-97519

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 12/2/44; Missing in Action 19m Kassel 19/4/44 with Sam Evans*, Co-pilot: Dick Thompson*, Bombardier: Tom Harper, Ball turret gunner: Bob Kasch, Waist gunner: Hugh Winfree, Waist gunner: Alf Scelza* (6POW- *wia taken to Melsungen Hospital); Navigator: Harry Levin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Saffell, Radio Operator: Phil Del Torto, Tail gunner: Bob Schupp (4 Killed in Action); hit by many Me 109’s and crashed S of Herlefeld, 18 miles SE of Kassel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4048. SPIRIT OF BILLY MITCHELL.

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

  • Philip Del Torto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Sam Evans

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Harper

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kasch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Levin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Richard Saffell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Alfred Scelza

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Schupp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Richard Thompson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hugh Winfree

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297519 'Spirit of Billy Mitchell. ' 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...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4048 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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