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B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24439 'Chief Sly' was delivered Dow Fd 2-Sep-42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] 6-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; battle damaged 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Crash-landed Parsonage Farm, Fletching, Sussex, UK; badly damaged by flak and enemy aircraft attacks, just limped home across Channel. 10RTD Salvaged.

P 1Lt Bruce D. Barton (RTD) CP Lt. Paul Burnett (WIA) (RTD)
N Lt Reynolds (RTD); B Lt Lindley (RTD)
E/TTG Sgt Hare (RTD); RO Sgt Haughan (RTD)
BTG Sgt Mitchell (RTD) WG Sgt Sosen (RTD)
WG Stanczyk (RTD) TG Snook (WIA) (RTD)



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    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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


  • Bruce Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crash landed in B-17F 41-24439 'Chief Sly’ while serving as Pilot on return from target Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Co-pilot was 2nd Lt. Arthur J. Reynolds. Aircraft was DBR and salvaged. No injuries reported in crash.

  • Paul Burnett

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crash landed in B-17F-5-BO 41-24439 'Chief Sky' while serving as Co-Pilot on return from target Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 20-Dec-42. Crew escaped injury in landing; however, Burnett was injured in a battle with fighters on the return.

  • Marshall Haugen

    Military | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Marshall Haugen was Radio Operator on 322nd Sqdn's 'Chief Sly' and 'Chief Sly II' and flew over with the 91st BG in the September of 1942. ...

  • Machael Lallie

    Military | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Lallie was navigator on 'Chief Sly's' crew, completed 25 missions with 322nd Sqdn, 91st BG 'Ragged Irregulars' and was awarded the DFC. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Event Location Date
Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) Fletching, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22, UK 20 December 1942

Severely damaged by flak, barely made it back to England, crash landed at Parsonage Farm, Fletching, Sussex. Salvaged for spare parts.


Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 20:37:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 6-Dec-2014. Converted dates in description to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 20:36:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 6-Dec-2014. Added target information to description; formatted crew display; added DBR event and details per 'Losses of the 8th & 8th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey, MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log