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41-24459

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with John Wilson, Waist gunner: Walt Bohaczyk, Ball turret gunner: Gil Andrews, Waist gunner: Cliff Cadle,Tail gunner: Bob Ade; (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Art Bushnell, Navigator: Bob Barton, Bombardier: Harry Romm, Radio Operator: Howard Barney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norman Thompson (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft & intense flak barrage and dropped back to crashed Hassel, near Bassum, 12 miles S of Bremen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 15520. HELLSAPOPPIN.

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

  • Robert Ade

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 41-24459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard.

  • Gilbert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 41-24459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard.

  • Howard Barney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Barton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard. Prisoner of War (POW) put in Stalag Luft 3. POW

  • Walter Bohaczyk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 41-24459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard. Purple Heart

  • Arthur Bushnell

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 POW

  • Clifford Cadle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard.

  • Robert Ndely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Harold Romm

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 3. POW

  • Norman Thompson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    . Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B POW

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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) Germany 17 April 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15520 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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