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41-24524

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10/9/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; Missing in Action 16m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Tony Arcaro, Co-pilot: Roman Niemczyk, Bombardier: Bill Glover, Radio Operator: Delmar Kaech, Waist gunner: Elmer Lindholm, Waist gunner: Ralph Dearth,Tail gunner: Bill Golden (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Harry Warner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Jones, Ball turret gunner: Harry Michaud (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit oxygen bottles setting fuselage on fire, crashed Gelnhausen, near Harxheim, 12 miles E of Frankfurt-am-Main, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 279. THE EAGLE'S WRATH.

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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Anthony Arcaro

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Evaded.

  • Ralph Dearth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Evaded.

  • Charles Giauque

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Born a U.S. citizen in China where his father was a professor at Shanghai University, Chuck grew up in Athens, OH, Concord, MA and Chicago, IL. He left his studies in sociology at George Williams College in 1941 to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. ...

  • William Glover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Golden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Delmar Kaech

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Lindholm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Michaud

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roman Niemczyk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4224524 'The Eagle's Wrath. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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) Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 279 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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