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41-24464

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3,oil pouring away before #4 was feathered ditched 40 miles west of Texel Is, Holland, in North Sea; five rescued by Royal Navy minesweeper and landed at Grimsby; EXCALIBUR. 3KIA 7RTD (Rescued by Royal Navy). No MACR issued.

P 1LT Allen Brill (KIA); CP 1LT Allan W. Lowry (KIA)
N 1LT Roland P. Ball (RTD); B 1LT Robert F. Brubaker (RTD)
E/TTG TSGT William G. Dickson (RTD); RO SSGT D. C. Wells (RTD)
BTG SSGT James E. Morgan, Jr. (KIA); WG SSGT James M. Bechtel (RTD)
WG SGT L. W. Wolfington (RTD); TG TSGT J. L. Baker (RTD)

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Rollin Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    2LT Rollin P. Ball was Navigator on two differentt B-17s that were lost. ...

  • James Bechtel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943 after repeated fighter attacks. Losses reports Bechtel survived the ditching after floating in a life raft for 7 hours before a British minesweeper picked them...

  • Allen Brill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24464 'Excalibur', 91BG/324BS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland after repeated fighter attacks. Plane broke in two. 7 crewmembers were...

  • Robert Brubaker

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229998. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3, moved to Nurenberg 49-11.

  • William Dickson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Returned to base. after being picked up by a British minesweeper. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229998. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Allan Lowry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24506 'The Shiftless Skonk' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft crashed near Watford on returning from a mission. Plane had been attacked by fighters. ...

  • Allan Lowry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24464 "Excalibur", 91BG/324BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was attacekd by German fighters and forced to ditch in the North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland. 2 others also perished but...

  • James Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. The a/c had been repeatedly attacked by fighters and broke in half. Morgan along with pilot Brill and copilot Lowry was killed. The other crew members returned to base. after being...

  • L Wolfington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Returned to base. after being picked up by a British minesweeper.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Sustained severe damage from fighter attacks and was forced to ditch in the North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 18:22:02 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 20:12:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Corrected typo in FTR notes.

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 20:11:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Production Block # and Manufacturer and Nickname per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman; Made connections to Units, Place and Mission withing existing websitet data; Added FTR event, converted dates to military-style signification; added crew position, rank, names and dispositions per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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