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42-29816

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 22/2/43; Salina 3/3/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-K] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action Amiens Glisy 31/8/43 with Buster Peek, Co-pilot: Bill Edwards, Navigator: Merlen Crist, Bombardier: Roger Fuller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wade Boggan, Radio Operator: Paul Payne, Ball turret gunner: Nelson Sanschagrin, Waist gunner: Ed Niebojewski, Waist gunner: Tom Power (9 Killed in Action),Tail gunner: Chas Allen (RTD – picked up by Air Sea Rescue within minutes); collision with 41-24523 (91st) on assembly to target and tail snapped off, crashed Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 671. THE EAGER BEAVER.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24523 Golly, Lil' Audrey, Snooks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-N] Bangor 13/9/42; Bassingbourn 10/11/42; Missing in Action 19m Amiens 3/8/43 with Dick Rodman, Co-pilot: Stan Czerwinski, Navigator: Renis TeMaat, Bombardier: Saul Berson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo Kane, Radio...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Charles Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29816 'The Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Returned to base. Mr. Allen lived through the most harrowing experience in the history of the group. He was a husky, 20 year old Indiana boy with a...

  • Wade Boggan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air Collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 42-29826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Clyde

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Merlen Crist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA). Merlen Crist's name is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.

  • William Edwards

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29826 'Eager Beaver'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roger Fuller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Miebojewski

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lynn Northcott

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was living in Lake County, Tennessee before he enlisted at Ft. Oglethorpe. He flew 25 missions on the B-17 Eager Beaver with the 8th Air Force and 32 missions with the 9th Air Force in a B-26.

  • Buster Peek

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Power

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Mid air collision 31 August 1943 in B-17 #4229826 'Eager Beaver. ' Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Denver, CO, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn, Royston SG8 5LP, UK April 1943

Assigned 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel 31 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens Glisy collision with 41-24523 (91st) on assembly to target and tail snapped off, crashed Channel. 31-Aug-43. 1 x RTD, 9 x KIA. MACR 671.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2017 14:48:36 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

www.fold3.com
https://www.fold3.com/image/28601305
http://www.8thafhs.com/get_mia_aircraft.php?acgroup_id=1&mission_date=19...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 671 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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