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41-24515

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Sep-42; Missing in Action (KIA) 24+m Wilhelmshaven, Germany 21-May-43. Aircraft sustained damage from flak & enemy aircraft, crashed into the North Sea, 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report 3458 (4439?). (Actually completed 25 missions two weeks before Memphis Belle but Hollywood overuled this ship !) MARIE JANE aka JERSEY BOUNCE.

P 1LT Philip S. Fischer (KIA); CP 1LT Charles W. Freschauf (KIA)
N 2LT Rollin P. Ball (KIA); B 1LT John W. Joslin, Jr. (KIA)
E/TTG Herbert H. Harvey (KIA); RO SSGT Mark W. Margason (KIA)
BTG SSGT Robert W. Cole (KIA); WG SSGT Willard O. Simpson (KIA)
WG SSGT Sidney L. Kohn (KIA) TG SSGT Jearld H. Jones (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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • Rollin Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    2LT Rollin P. Ball was Navigator on two differentt B-17s that were lost. ...

  • Robert Cole

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Phillips Fischer

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Charles Freschauf

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Herbert Harvey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jerald Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Joslin

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Sidney Kohn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Mark Margason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4124515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Willard Simpson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 41-24515 'Marie Jane. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

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) North Sea 21 May 1943

Sustained damage from fighter attacks and AA over the target and crashed into the North Sea on return.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 21:34:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015 Added Markings, FTR event and edited Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, made connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added crew position, rank full proper name and dispositon of all crew and formatted crew display per MACR 3458.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3458 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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