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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-W] Westover 15/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-W] Bassingbourn 4/43; taxi accident with Bill Broley 16/4/43; Missing in Action Solingen 22+m 1/12/43 with John Wennerberg, Co-pilot: Bob Dickson, Navigator: Gene Cohalan, Bombardier: John Temple, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Squire Baker, Radio Operator: Nick Nicoletti, Ball turret gunner: Morris Schendleman, Waist gunner: Stan Kacprzyk, Waist gunner: Bill Cole (9 Prisoner of War),Tail gunner: Bill Roller (Killed in Action); flak hit #3, then another KO’d batteries, crashed River Rhine between Dusseldorf & Duisburg, Ger.. Missing Air Crew Report 1323. WHEEL 'N DEAL.

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

  • Squire Baker

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Cohalan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Cole

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Dickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stanley Kacprzyk

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nick Nicoletti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Roller

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Morris Schendleman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Temple

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Wennerberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4124511 'Wheel and Deal. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 1 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1323 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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