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41-24483

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-U] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 29/9/42; Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/43 with Edwin Baxley, Co-pilot: Jim Breeden, Navigator: Jim Fulmer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jarvis Hall (4 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Arthur L Poston, Radio Operator: Bill Peeler, Ball turret gunner: Gene Trimble, Waist gunner: Bill Rathgeber (body never found), Waist gunner: Art Berkovitz, Tail gunner: Harrell Thompson (6 KIA, plus unknown British news man); shot down with engine out and crashed Kiel Bay and exploded. Missing Air Crew Report 15632. SPIRIT OF ALCOHOL.

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

  • Edwin Baxley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Berkovitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 41-24483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Breeden

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fulmer

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jarvis Hall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Peeler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Poston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' He went to Bassingbourn from MacDill Field about November/December 1942. He was on his 17th mission. The pilot (Lt. Baxley) told his parents in a letter that they were...

  • William Rathgeber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harrell Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Trimble

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124483 'Spirit of Alcohol. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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) Belgium 19 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2018 00:44:18 BPoston Changes to media associations
Sources

Bobby Poston

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2018 15:22:32 BPoston Changes to markings
Sources

Nephew, Bobby Poston

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2018 15:21:00 BPoston Changes to description
Sources

Nephew, Bobby Poston

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15632 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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