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42-31610

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 29/11/43; Cheyenne 10/12/43; Kearney 21/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Presque Is 9/1/44; Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 1/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 16/7/44 with Don DeLisle, Co-pilot: Norman Kimmel, Navigator: John Wallace, Bombardier: Bob Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Carlisle, Radio Operator: Roy Tanner, Ball turret gunner: Gene Chapius, Waist gunner: Horace Kingsley Wounded in Action,Tail gunner: John Smelser (9 Returned to Duty); flak KO’d two engines and punctured gas tanks; ditched Channel, all rescued within ten minutes by ASR. THE LIBERTY BELLE.

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

  • Robert Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in the North Sea on 7/16/44 in the Liberty Belle B-17 #4231610 On 8/13/44 In B-17 Fifinella was shot down and crashed near Epreville became Prisoner of War (POW)

  • John Carlisle

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Hit by flak and ditched in the North Sea on 7/16/44 in The Liberty Belle B-17 #4231610

  • Gene Chapius

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Damaged by flak and crashed in the North Sea on 7/16/44 in The Liberty Belle B-17 #4231610

  • Don DeLisle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in the North Sea on 7/16/44 in The Liberty Belle B-17 #4231610 ...

  • Norman Kimmel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in the North Sea on 7/16/44 in The Liberty Belle B-17 #4231610

  • Horace Kingsley

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Damaged by flak and crashed into the North Sea on 7/16/44 in The Liberty Belle B-17 #4231610. This was his first flight

  • John Smelser

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD Damaged by flak and crashed in the North Sea in The Liberty Belle on 7/16/44 B-17 #4231610

  • John Wallace

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    RTD On 7/16/44 damaged by flak and ditched in North Sea in B-17 'The Liberty Belle' 42-31610

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 476

    16 July 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed English Channel 16 July 1944

Flak Damaged. Ditched in Channel

Assigned Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK

91st BG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 04:44:52 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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