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44-6117

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 6/5/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] Bassingbourn 27/5/44.

Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with Bob O'Bannon, Co-pilot: Tom Fitzgerald, Navigator: Nathan Bartman, Bombardier: Arnold Ostwald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Irvin Lewis, Radio Operator: Ben Goldman, Ball turret gunner: Herb McCutchan, Waist gunner: Joe Fioretti (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Amos Estrada (Killed in Action). Crashed in lake near Castle Stolzenburg, Politz, 14 miles NW of Stettin, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 5980.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Nathan Bartman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Amos Estrada

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Killed in Action (KIA). The tail gunner, Sgt Estrada, had most possibly been hit in his position and and it s reported that he was first out. In jumping, he lost one of...

  • Jose Fioretti

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Thomas Fitzgerald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 inB-17 #446117 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Benjamin Goldman

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Irvin Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    S/Sgt Lewis fulfilled many technical roles on the flight. In combat, he occupied the dorsal gun position on the aircraft by manning the upper-gun turret (TT). So, he was standing immediately behind the two pilots. This new feature, an improved gun...

  • Herbert McCutchan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Robert O'Bannon

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117. Entire crew bailed out. Prisoner of War. Plane crashed into Lake Stolsko near Szczecin (Stettin).

  • Arnold Ostwald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rothenklempenow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #446117 Prisoner of War (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 21 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2019 17:29:20 Lord Morgan Changes to markings
Sources

Lord Morgan "The B-17 At The Bottom of a Polish Lake"
Excellent exhibition model made by a Polish model-maker, with well photographed from many angles.
Further information Tigre.finnland@gmail.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5980 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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