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41-24481

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; Missing in Action 10+m Kiel 14/5/43 with Bill Broley, Co-pilot: Albert Davies, Navigator: Armando Ambalagi, Bombardier: Joe Darmiento, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Clyne, Radio Operator: Lowell Dawson, Ball turret gunner: Ed Jones, Waist gunner: Ed Casparriello, Waist gunner: Ken Donovan,Tail gunner: Ken Greer (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft in heavy attack, KO’d #2 and rudder damaged, headed home but ditched North Sea, near Amrum Is. (Frisians), no trace of crew. Missing Air Crew Report 15498. HELL'S ANGELS.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Armando Ambalagi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 41-24481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Broley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Edward Casparriello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Clyne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Joseph Darmiento

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Davies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Lowell Dawson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Donovan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Kenneth Greer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Edward Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4124481 'Hell's Angels. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 14 May 1943

On 14 May 1943 at 12.30 hours a B-17 was last seen west of the island of Amrum after a bombing raid on Kiel.
Then one of its four engines had stopped, and a large hole in the rudder was noticed. The plane must have crashed into the North Sea. All of the crew perished.
A/A Fire: Moderate and inaccurate. Enemy Opposition: 50 FW190s and Me109s attacked at 1146 and continued until 1234 hours

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 12:10:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Associated Mission details, and Biography update. Source : http://www.airmen.dk/usplanes.htm

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15498 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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