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B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24999 'Fury' was assigned 91BG/322BS [LG-P]at Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; 3m Despatched 18-Nov-42 to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France. Upon return the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24453 (91BG) 'Mipah - The Bearded Beauty' ten miles southwest of Exter. 41-24453 landed safely at Yeovilton and was repaired and send back to 91BG. 41-24499 landed at RAF Station Turweston and was salvaged 26-Nov-1942. 11RTD

P Major Vic Zienowicz (RTD); CP: Capt Gillespie (RTD)
N Capt Hosman (RTD); Asst. N 2Lt Ralph L. Clinton (RTD)
B Lt Hubbard (RTD) E/TTG TSgt Panero (RTD)
RO SSgt LaGrossa, (RTD) BTG SSgt Butler (RTD)
WG Sgt Hackwith, WG SSgt Jackson
TG Sgt Benecki (RTD)



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Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 19:16:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to manufacturer

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Added manufacturer per block number,

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 19:15:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log