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41-24484

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley, Bombardier: Wilf Conlon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Capron, Radio Operator: John Alba, Ball turret gunner: Leith Kerr, Waist gunner: John Husick, Waist gunner: Leon Bryant,Tail gunner: Tony Danucci (10 Returned to Duty), but crash landed hitting jeep and killing driver, Cpl Gillies. Badly damaged, declared salvage and taken to 2 SAD where front half joined 42-31229 and assigned 390BG. THE BAD EGG.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31229 Bad Egg

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/10/43; Gr Island 26/10/43; Romulus 1/11/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-S] Framlingham 11/11/43; (56m) Missing in Action Dusseldorf 9/9/44, caught fire from explosion of 42-97871; flew two hours on one engine with Pete Hartnett, Co...

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Units

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 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
  • 8th Air Force
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

People

  • John Alba

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in AC #4338545. Escaped and returned. Plane became known as the phantom plane and crew because after crew bailed out it made a perfect 3 pt landing in a field and when the British went to help the crew there wasn't one!...

  • Leon Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    31 December 1943 returned from mission to Bordeaux in B17 AC#41-24484 ÒThe Bad EggÓ. Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into the jeep. 10 RTD. H. Evers crew

  • John Capron

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    31 December 1943 returned from mission to Bordeaux in B17 AC#41-24484 ÒThe Bad EggÓ. Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into the jeep. 10 RTD. H. Evers crew

  • Wilfred Conlon

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 February 1944 in B-17 #423073 'Lightning Strikes. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Anthony Dannucci

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crew abandoned B-17G #42-97125 on 22 Mar 1944 after battle damage on a mission to Berlin. A/c crashed W of Berlin. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hilary Evers

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    42-43 and 44-45 served two tours. 31 December 1943 returned from mission to Bordeaux in B17 AC#41-24484 ÒThe Bad EggÓ. Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into the jeep. 10 RTD

  • George Gillies

    Military | Corporal | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in ground accident at Andrews Field as his jeep was struck by B17 'The Bad Egg' 41-24484 of the 91st BG Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into the jeep. He served in the 18th Station...

  • John Husick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #423043 'Hitler's Gremlin. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Lockhart crew. ...

  • Frank Keneley

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4297406. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Leith Kerr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    31 December 1943 returned from mission to Bordeaux in B17 AC#41-24484 ÒThe Bad EggÓ. Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into the jeep. 10 RTD. H. Evers crew

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Places

  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • 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...

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Andrews Field 31 December 1943

On return from Cognac 31/12/43, diverted due to weather to Gt Dunmow, Hunsdon Airfield, crash landed hitting jeep and killing driver, Cpl G J Gillies. Badly damaged. (10 x RTD).

Cut and Shut Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK January 1944

Declared salvage and taken to 2 SAD where front half joined rear of 42-31229 and was assigned 390th BG.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 15:25:58 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2015 13:00:37 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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