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42-31333

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Memphis 9/11/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-W] Bassingbourn 20/12/43; Missing in Action 129m Stendahl 8/4/45 with 1Lt Robert E Fuller (POW), 2Lt Woodrow A Lien, T/Sgt Francis McCarthy, S/Sgt Richard D Proudfit, S/Sgt Wylie McNatt Jr, S/Sgt Ralph J Leffelman, S/Sgt Willian H Cassidy, S/Sgt James D Houtchens, Sgt Lemoyne Miller (9 Killed in Action); flak hit between fuselage and #2 engine caused massive fire which detached the port wing, exploded in the resulting dive, crashed Stendahl; MACR 13881; (oldest G in group) 1 x POW, 9 x KIA. WEE WILLIE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • William Cassidy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

  • Robert Fuller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, blown out of the plane when it exploded and was the only crew member to survive. 8-Apr-45. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13881...

  • James Houtchens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: AM (3 OLC), PH.

  • Ralph Leffelman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

  • Woodrow Lien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. ...

  • Francis McCarthy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: AM (3 OLC), PH.

  • Wylie McNatt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: PH.

  • LeMoyne Miller

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Arlon Nessa

    Military | Aircraft Mechanic | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Arlon was a crew chief and had three other mechanics assigned to him, responsible for maintenance of one B-17 bomber. While armorers, radio specialists and sheet metal workers performed specific functions on aircraft, Arlon and his crew were...

  • Richard Proudfit

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881. Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Missions

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
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 22 October 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn, Royston SG8, UK 20 December 1943

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Stendahl, 21629 Neu Wulmstorf, Germany 8 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Stendahl, flak hit between fuselage and #2 engine caused massive fire which detached the port wing, exploded in the resulting dive, crashed Stendahl. 1 POW, 9 KIA MACR 13881.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 14:24:35 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2017 16:27:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29433690

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13881 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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