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42-102527

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Gr Island 21/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-A] Bassingbourn 22/4/44; Missing in Action 14+m Berlin 21/6/44 with Ed Waters, Co-pilot: George Abbott, Bombardier: Jim Van Pelt, Waist gunner: Bob Hettinger (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Alf Kovner, Top Turret Gunner: Lou Miller, Radio Operator: Chester Kolano, Ball turret gunner: Harry Humm, Waist gunner: Claude Hopkins, Tail gunner: Ed Shirley (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 and set fire to wing, crashed Ruehlow, ten miles E of Neubrandenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5983. SLEEPYTIME GAL.

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

  • George Abbott

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow in B-17 Sleepytime Gal on 6/21/44 #42102527 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Robert Hettinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime GAl Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Claude Hopkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime Gal Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harold Humm

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime Gal Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Chester Kolano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime Gal Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Alfred Kovner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 Sleeptime Gal #421025727 Killed in Action (KIA) Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Louis Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime Gal Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Edward Shirley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime Gal Killed in Action (KIA)

  • James Van Pelt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Ruehlow on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42102527 Sleepytime Gal Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Edward Waters

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Co-Pilot; Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Arrived in England 1 March 1944. Was made Squadron Operations Officer in April 1944. Shot down 21 June 1944 on 25th mission in AC #42102527. 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) Berlin, Germany 21 June 1944
Crashed Rühlow, 17039 Sponholz, Germany 21 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5983 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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