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41-24399

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Bangor 13/7/42; with Earl Shaefer force landed Olmstead, PA 20/8/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-V] Bassingbourn 23/9/42; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Keene McCammon, Co-pilot: John Bruce (2 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Bob Duggan, Bombardier: Dan Ohmankilled after bailing through barn roof, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Americo Cianfichi, Radio Operator: Doug Blackwood, Waist gunner: Harry Sparks, Waist gunner: George Krueger, Ball turret gunner: Mike Perotta,Tail gunner: Hermon Poling (8KIA-most riddled descending in their chutes); aircraft hit by flak and enemy aircraft, crashed Opijnen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 148. MAN O' WAR.

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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Douglas Blackwood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Killed in Action (KIA). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

  • John Bruce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Prisoner of War (POW). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

  • Keene Cammon

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

  • Americo Cianfichi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Killed in Action (KIA). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

  • Robert Duggan

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Killed in Action (KIA). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

  • George Kreuger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Killed in Action (KIA). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

  • Daniel Ohman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out of the doomed Fortress....

  • Mike Perotta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Killed in Action (KIA). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

  • Hermon Poling

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

  • Harold Sparks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Holland on 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4123499 'Man-O-War. ' Mission was Kassel. Killed in Action (KIA). 'Man-O-War' was hit and limped along behind the formation until attacked by 2 fighters which killed two of the crew. Eight chutes came out...

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 30 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 148 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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