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41-24512

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bangor 1-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 7+m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Aircraft sustained repeated attacks by fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew was ordered to bale out, but most landed in the sea and were lost. Co-pilot: 1LT Harold E. Kious rescued by ferryboat Dr Wagemaker, and then captured as a POW. Missing Air Crew Report 3721. ROSE O'DAY.

P 1LT Ralph A. Felton, Jr. (KIA); CP 1LT Harold E. Kious (POW)
N 1LT William D. Toole (KIA); B 1LT William H. Hylton (KIA)
E/TTG Elio Traverso (KIA); RO SSGT Robert M. Paul (POW)
BTG SSGT Robert J. Larson (KIA); WG SSGT Walter L. Bliven, Jr. (KIA)
WG SSGT Braden C. Griffin (POW); TG SSGT Andrew H. Burnett (KIA)

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

  • Walter Bliven

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Waist Gunner. The aircraft was repeadely attacked by German fighters and was seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were arderd to bale out...

  • Andrew Burnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was repeadely attacked by German fighters and was seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were arderd to bale out...

  • Ralph Felton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 23 Nov 1942 St Nazaire Submarine Pen mission, he failed to reach the target and turned back. The Stabilizer was accidentlly shot off by the waist gunner. ...

  • Braden Griffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft was repeatedly attacked by German fighters and seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew, including SSGT Griffin were ordered to bale out...

  • William Hylton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was attacke repeatedly by German fighters and seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were ordered to bale out over the southern...

  • Harold Kious

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BD/322BS while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft sustained damage from repeated attacks by fighters on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. The aircraft crashed into North Sea...

  • Robert Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. The aircraft was attacked repeatedly by German fighter and was seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were ordered to...

  • Robert Paul

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft was repeatedly attacked by German fighters and seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew, including TSGT Paul were ordered to bale out...

  • William Toole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft was attacked repeatedly by German fighters and seen to have #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew was ordered to bale out over the...

  • Elio Traverso

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft was repeatedly attacked by German fighters and was seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The survising crew were...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

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) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Sustained damage from fighter attacks and crashed on the tip of Texel Island, Holland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 21:58:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Markings, FTR event and edited Description converting dates to militray-style signification, added loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added rank, crew position, fill propername and dispositions for all crew and formattted crew display per MACR 3721.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3721 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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