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41-24549

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F-25-BO 41-24549 'Stupen Takit was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bangor 10-Oct-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 14 missions over Hamm, Germany 4-Mar-43 The aircraft took a direct flak just after the target and exploded just minutes later. The aircraft crashed Buldern/Westphalen, near Munster, Germany; 8KIA 2POW Missing Air Crew Report 15596. STUPEN TAKIT.

P CPT Martin W. McCarty, Jr. (KIA); CP 1LT James T. Hill (KIA)
N 1LT Byron M. Bennett (KIA); B 1LT John R. Bell (POW)
E/TTG TSGT John J. McCormack (KIA); RO TSGT William W. Dunnavant
BTG SSGT George W. Engle (POW); WG SGT Philip S. Cardin (KIA)
WG SGT Umberto Pereira (KIA); TG SSGT Robert T. Trent (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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Bombardier, the aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty ordered a bale out, but...

  • Byron Bennett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty...

  • Louis Briglia

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Injured in ac B-17 41-24549 'Stupen-Taket' September 11, 1942, and died of wounds on November 9, 1942 Awarded DFC posthumously

  • Philip Cardin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT...

  • William Dunnavant

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT...

  • George Engle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner, Tail Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Tail Gunner, the aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty ordered a bale out,...

  • James Hill

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty...

  • Martin McCarty

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty...

  • John McCormack

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm,...

  • Umberto Pereira

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Right Waist Gunner. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT...

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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) Buldern, 48249 Dülmen, Germany 4 March 1943

Aircraft sustained a direct hit by flak just after the target and exploded just minutes later over Buldern/Westfalen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 21:46:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jun-2015. Added Markings and loss details to Description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added FTR event and rank, crew position, full proper name and dispostions of all crew and foprmatted crew display per MACR 15596.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15596 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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