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41-24406

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 92BG Bangor 13/7/42; transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; Maison Blanche, Alg. 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg. 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg. 25/12/42; on Tunis mission was rammed by Me109G 1/2/43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tail of plane off; made it back to Biskra and repaired; transferred 353BS/301BG 3m St Donat 6/3/43; Oudna, Tun 6/8/43; Cerignola, It. 7/12/43; Lucera, It. 1/2/44; Salvaged 6/3/45. ALL AMERICAN.

1-Feb-43 Crew:
Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr, Copilot- G. Boyd Jr, Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle, Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge, Engineer- Joe C. James, Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway, Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda, Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk, Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus, Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force


    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 353rd Bomb Squadron
  • 414th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kendrick Bragg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew the B-17 'All American ' that had its tail left hanging by an ME109 and flew it safely back to base. The song 'On a Wing and a Prayer' was dedicated to Lt. Bragg for his daring deed. 97th became part of the 15th AF in 1943. This incident happened...

  • Ralph Burbridge

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'All-American' Plane picture was one of most famous of WW II where the German fighter almost cut it in half. see: http://b-townblog. com/2012/09/21/local-b-17-Bombardier-recalls-wing-and-a-prayer-mission-on-the-all-american/

  • Elton Conda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Paul Galloway

    Military | Radio Operator/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Harry Nuessle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group

  • Michael Zuk

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Assigned Polebrook, Peterborough PE8 5LN, UK June 1942

Transferred 414BS, 97BG Polebrook Jun-42.

Delivered Bangor, ME 04401, USA 13 July 1942

Bangor, Maine, 13-Jul-42. Assigned to 92BG.

Combat damaged / mid air collision Biskra, Algeria 1 February 1943

On Tunis mission was rammed by Me109G 1-Feb-43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tailplane off; made it back to Biskra.

Assigned Saint Donat, Tadjenanet, Algeria 6 March 1943

Transferred 353BS/301BG St Donat 6-Mar-43.

Salvaged 71036 Lucera, Province of Foggia, Italy 6 March 1945

Salvaged 6-Mar-45 Lucera, Italy

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2020 13:41:31 phil marchese Changes to unit associations
Sources

Maurer; ...Combat Units

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2019 16:54:10 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
Sources

Added connections to crem members listed for A/C 41-24406.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2019 21:37:04 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added spaces in desription for readability.

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2017 19:03:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/97th-bombardment-group-heavy/
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10021117454

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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