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42-107030

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 25/3/44; Missing in Action 54m Le Manoir RR bridge, Fr 13/8/44 with Tom Smith (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Joe Vukovich, Navigator: Alex Calder, Ball turret gunner: Jesse Britton, Waist gunner: Calvin Seiler,Tail gunner: Leon Rogers (5 evaded capture); Bombardier: Bob Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Sturgeon, Radio Operator: Delmar Spears (3 Prisoner of War); flak hit set oxygen bottles off to burn hydraulic fluid in cockpit, crashed Epreville, SW of Rouen, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 7898. FIFINELLA.

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

  • Robert Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Jess Britton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epreville on 8/13/44 in B-17 Fifinella #42107030

  • William Burtt

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17G 42-37987 'Man O War - Horsepower Ltd' managed to return to England on two engines and crashed near Sittingbourne, Kent when the third engine went out....

  • Alexander II

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Leonard Rogers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epreville on 8/13/44 in B-17 Fifinella #42107030

  • Calvin Seiler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epreville on 8/13/44 in B-17 Fifinella #42107030

  • Thomas Smith

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

  • Delmar Spears

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epreville on 8/13/44 in B-17 Fifinella #42107030 POW

  • Charles Sturgeon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Epreville on 8/13/44 in B-17 Fifinella #42107030 POW

  • Joe Vukovich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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) France 13 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7898 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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