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41-24452

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR 16243.

P 1Lt Robert S. English (KIA); CP 2Lt Charles E Mendel (POW)
N 2Lt Robert R. Brunn (POW); B Sparling B. Anderson, Jr. (POW)
E/TTG TSgt Allen W. Haynes (KIA); RO TSgt James C. Tyler (POW)
BTG SSgt Raymond E. Slominski (POW); WG SSgt Ralph J. Tomek (POW)
WG SSgt Vince Jacoby (POW) TG Sgt Steve Stefula (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

  • Sparling Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Brunn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert English

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452 while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Primary target was the German air depot at Romilly Sur Seine, France. Shot down by Mayer (18 kills) IIIJG 2 near Rouen, France.

  • Allen Haynes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Wounded, he later died of his wounds (DOW) in a Paris hospital on 4-Jan-43.

  • Vincent Jacoby

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Mendel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Charles Mendel grew up in Indiana and worked as a teacher before the war. ...

  • Raymond Slominski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Steve Stefula

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Tail Gunner. He was severely wounded in the fighter attack but managed to bale out and was captured. He was taken to a German hospital in Paris, France where he died of his wounds (DOW) on 17...

  • Ralph Tomek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Tyler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Radio Operator. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • 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. ...

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) Rouen, France 20 December 1942

Shot down by German aircraft after leaving the target, crashed near Rouen, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 19:44:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Edited description with target information per MACR 16243.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 22:38:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-2014. Edited description converting dates to military-style designation, added target information, added complete proper names, corrected name errors, added rank and formatted crew information display, all per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, MACR 16243 and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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