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42-29559

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 13/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 13m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Charles A. Bennett; Co-Pilot Stanley A. Dahlman; Navigator Adrian T. Van Bemmel; Bombardier Maurice J. Sullivan; Flight engineer/top turret gunner Ford C. Cowherd; Right waist gunner/Assistant engineer Robert G. Gaynor; Radio Operator William J. Barrett; Ball Turret gunner/Assistant radio operator John F. Greager; Left Waist gunner Thomas J. Hunt; Tail Gunner Edward P. Troy. On return flight, was shot down by enemy aircraft. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 278. Stan Dahlman, Bill Barrett and Tom Hunt were killed; Maurice Sullivan, Bob Gaynor, John Greager were made prisoner (POW); Charles Bennett, Adrian Van Bemmel and Ford Cowherd were helped in their evasion by the Belgian Comet network. Van Bemmel was on his way to Spain when he was arrested, close to the Spanish border. Bennett and Cowherd also traveled through Belgium, France and Spain and reached Gibraltar from where they were flown back to England. See www.evasioncomete.org >>> search on 42-29559.

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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Charles Bennett

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. - Evaded. See his page at www.evasioncomete.org >>> Fiches.

  • Ford Cowherd

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Evaded capture with the help of the Belgian COMETE evasion network. See http://www.evasioncomete.org where Ford Cowherd and other evadees on his crew have a page. Search on 42-29559.

  • Stanley Dahlman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Gaynor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer / Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 278. 3 crew members were killed; 4, including Gaynor were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught...

  • John Greager

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator / Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Prisoner of War (POW). 3 crew members were killed; 4, including Greager were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before...

  • Thomas Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). Thomas Hunt was a replacement crew member for that mission. 2 other crew members were killed; 4 were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade...

  • Maurice Sullivan

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Seriously wounded. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Troy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Prisoner of War (POW).3 crew members were killed; 4, including Troy were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before...

  • Adrian Van Bemmel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Initially evaded, helped by the Belgian COMETE evasion network. Traveled through Belgium and France on his way to Spain. Was arrested in Saint-Jean-de-Luz near the Spanish border on 10 September...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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) Near Testelt, NE of Langdorp, Belgium 17 August 1943

Exploded in the air and crashed near the Mechelsebaan, Testelt, NE of Langdorp, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:09:11 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 278

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 278 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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