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41-24449

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24449 'Short Snorter' was assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bangor 31-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. On 20-Dec-43 the aircraft was damaged on the mission to Romilly, France with Capt William Harris, but limped back to base OK. 10RTD

Shot down 30-Dec-42 by FW190s shortly after the leaving the target of the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was set afire and exploded at 21,000 feet. This was the 3rd mission for this aircraft. 10KIA MACR 3265

P 1Lt William D. Bloodgood (KIA) CP 1Lt Cecil R. Tabor (KIA)
N 1Lt Frank T. Driesbach (KIA) B 1Lt William S. Chubb (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Willy H. W. Zeeck (KIA); RO William H. Steele (KIA)
BTG SSgt Donald Velasquez (KIA); WG SSgt Arden G. Gearhart (KIA)
WG Hubert B. Buchanan (KIA); TG William R. Marks (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

  • William Bloodgood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hubert Buchanan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Chubb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30-Dec-42 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Frank Dreisbach

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Navigator. Killed in Action (KIA). AMPH

  • Arden Gearhart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Marks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Tail Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Steele

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Cecil Tabor

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Velasquez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Willy Zeeck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

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) Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Aircraft wa attacked, head-on, by German fighters and set afire. Exploded at 21,000 feet about 5 minutes after leaving the target and the debris fell into the Atlantic.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 20:17:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014. Edited Marking details.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 19:22:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014. Added target information to description; added rank and full proper names of crew and formatted crew display, made connections to Place and Mission per MACR 3265.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3265 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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