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41-24447

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42; Missing in Action 11m Wilhelmshafen 26-Feb-44. Flak hit caused fire in #4, crashed North Sea. 10 Killed in Action, Missing Air Crew Report 3575. KICKAPOO.

P CPT John T. Swais (KIA); CP 1LT Harry O. Green (KIA)
N 2LT Ralston E. Bixler (KIA); B 2LT Cassius C. Brandenburg, Jr. (KIA)
E/TTG TSGT Walter E. Gilroy (KIA); RO TSGT Everett Gause (KIA)
BTG SSGT Arthur A. Sullivan (KIA); WG SSGT Robert A DeBarbrie (KIA)
WG SSGT Gregg Nesemeier (KIA); TG Herbert E. Fisher (KIA)

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

  • Ralston Bixler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) On 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Navigator on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was sshot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into North Sea.

  • Cassius Brandenburg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 41-24447 'Kickapoo' crashed into North Sea on 26 February 1943. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert De Barbrie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner on a mission to Wilhlemshaven, Germany. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea.

  • Herbert Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS whicle serving as Tail Gunner on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into North Sea.

  • Everett Gause

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed on Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Rodio Operator on a mission to Wilhelmshave, Germany. The aircraft was shot down and crashed into the North Sea.

  • Walter Gilroy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner while on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed into North Sea.

  • Harry Green

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Co-Pilot on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was shot down by Germaa fighters and crashed into North Sea.

  • Gregg Nesemeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in ACtion (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Right Waist Gunner on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into North Sea.

  • Arthur Sullivan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24447 'Kickapoo', 91BG/401BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner while on a mission to Wilhelmshave, Germany. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into North Sea.

  • John Swais

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    John T Swais served as a pilot with the 401st Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 26 February 1943

Last seen 20 miles north of Norderney Island with #4 engine smoking. Crashed into the sea with the loss of all crew.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 01:31:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-May-2015. Corrected typos in FTR event.

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 20:34:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 8-May-2015. Added nickname, markings, Radio Call Sign, loss note on FTR event; edited Description to change dates to militray-style notation; added crew position, rank and full prorper name and formatted crew display per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE. Also reference MACR 3575.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3575 / MACR 4830 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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