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42-30624

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Amarillo 1/7/43; Cheyenne 26/7/43; Dyersburg 7/8/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] Bassingbourn 23/9/43; Missing in Action Emden 27/9/43 with Cleo Struble, Co-pilot: Bob Schweitzer, Navigator: Dave Leedied in hospital 4/10/43, Bombardier: Norman Pidgeon, Radio Operator: Carl Wiedebusch (5 Killed in Action), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Delmar Morgan, Waist gunner: Pete DeSanto, Waist gunner: Francis Stevens, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Aford,Tail gunner: Burdette Rausch (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Ihlowerfehn, 11 miles W of Emden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 669. Salvaged 30/9/43.

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

  • Ralph Alford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Delmar Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Pidgeon

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Carl Piedebusch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Burdette Rausch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Peter Santo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Robert Schweitzer

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Stevens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #4230624. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cleo Struble

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 42-30624. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 27 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2017 12:10:17 morganpaul22 Changes to nicknames
Sources

From Book: "The B17 Flying Fortress Story"

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2017 12:08:51 morganpaul22 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Book "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 669 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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