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41-24639

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m AFSC for Aphrodite operations, Azon radio guided [Mothership B-24 44-40277] operation against V-1 site at Mimoyecques with Lt Cornelius A Engel & T/Sgt Clifford A Parsons of 385BG 4/8/44, but exploded before reaching target. Control crew had baled out over UK. THE CAREFUL VIRGIN.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29591 'The Shamrock Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/43; Rapid City 21/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Salina 31/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Alconbury 22/4/43; 2m, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; AFSC 15/4/44; Returned to the USA...

  • 44-40277 'Miss Used'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44. ...

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Units

People

  • Earl Brooks

    Military | Sergeant | Mechanic and Instrument Specialist | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sergeant Earl Brooks was a mechanic, instrument specialist on the ground crew of the 91st Bomb Group. One of the aircraft he worked on was 'The Careful Virgin'. ...

  • Cornelius Engel

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Volunteer Pilot of B-17 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on "Aphrodite" flying bomb mission to Mimoyecques, France. Bailed out safely of A/C over UK. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Fisher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Jack Fisher - bombardier -joined the 91st at Walla Walla, arrived in England in October 1942 and began combat in 'The Careful Virgin'. On his third mission he took a hit in his right leg and spent a month in hospital. ...

  • George Genotti

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew; Mechanic | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    He worked as a Mechanic on the B-17 'the Careful Virgin'. After the war he worked for the NA&S Museum as a mechanic and retired at age 75. He worked on many planes including the Enola Gay.

  • Clifford Parsons

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight / Autopilot Engineer | 385th Bomb Group
    Technical Sgt on Aphrodite [ Drone flying bomb ] mission to Mimoyecques, France. Baled safely out of A/C over UK. 4-8-44.

Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

Places

  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • 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...

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Boise, ID, USA 16 September 1942

wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, repaired. Boise 16/9/42.

Crashed Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK November 1943

On return from sortie, with combat damage and no braking, in collision with B-17 42-29591 causing rear fuselage of '591' to be written off.

AFCE fitted Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 8 March 1944

First in 91st BG to have Automatic Flight Control Equipment fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44.

Crashed Mimoyecques, 62250, France 4 August 1944

Aphrodite operation against V-1 site at Mimoyecques with Lt Cornelius A Engel & T/Sgt Clifford A Parsons of 385BG 4/8/44, but exploded before reaching target. Control crew had baled out over UK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 14:36:30 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 13:04:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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