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41-24497

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered ? ?; with Jim Dale force landed Berry Fd, Nashville, TN 15/8/42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-P] Westover 16/8/42; Bassingbourn 30/9/42; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 26th mission, to Stuttgart on 6 September 1943 with Pilot William R. Cox; Co-pilot: William R. James; Navigator: Edgar L. Richardson; Bombardier: James E. Harlow; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester B. Schlaich; Radio Operator: Kerrane A. Smallidge; Ball turret gunner: Henry A. Griswold Jr; Waist gunner: Paul DeMidio, Waist gunner: James N. Witter; Tail gunner: William B. McCrea (10 Returned to Duty); ditched Channel close to shore and all rescued by coast guard. Possibly MIZPAH II painted on one side and FRISCO JINNY the other. 'Frisco Jinny' was the name probably given by Pilot Jack A. Hargis of 91BG/322BS.

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

  • Paul DeMidio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II. ' Returned to base.

  • Henry Griswold

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II. ' Returned to base.

  • James Harlow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II. ' Returned to base.

  • William James

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II. ' Returned to base.

  • William McCrae

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II' piloted by W. R. Cox. Returned to base.

  • 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...

  • Bernard Priebe

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Was once co pilot to Capt Robert B Campbell on 'Mizpath II' #4124497

  • Edgar Richardson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in channel 6-Sep-43 in B-17 41-24497 'Mizpah II'. Returned to base. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896. ...

  • Lester Schlaich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II. ' Returned to base.

  • Kerrane Smallidge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Koblenz on 10 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338955. Mid-air collision. Earlier with the 91st BG , shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4124497 'Mizpah II' piloted by W. R. Cox. After ASR,returned to base.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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
Ditched English Channel 6 September 1843
Failed to Return Stuttgart, Germany 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2015 12:31:54 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Nickname correction - Source Wallace R. Forman's "B-17 Nose Art Name Directory"

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

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

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