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41-24431

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bangor 27/8/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; detailed mechanical trip to Honington, Sfk. 16/2/43 but crashed on attempted t/o with Earl Riley, Co-pilot: Earl Dosier, Navigator: Roy Schwendiman, Bombardier: Edwin Bush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Noah Kirk, Radio Operator: Bob Lee, obs-Lt Harry Beasley, (7 Returned to Duty), 5m Salvaged. THE SAINT.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5172 'Thunderbird. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Plane was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. All other crew except pilots were able to bail out of the back of the plane and became Prisoner of War (POW)s. ...

  • Edwin Bush

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted...

  • Earl Dosier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17F 41-24431 'The Saint' was involved in an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

  • Noah Kirk

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4229540. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. ...

  • Robert Lee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 was in an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

  • Earl Riley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Earl Riley served as a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Bassingbourn, England. On 12 February 1943, he was piloting B-17F 41-24431 when there was a taxiing accident on the runway due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. ...

  • Ray Schwendiman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17F 41-24431'The Saint'. Accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2017 12:23:22 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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