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42-31634

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby - The J'Ville Jolter' was delivered Cheyenne 1-Dec-43; Portland 3-Dec-43; Boise 5-Dec-43; Kearney 16-Dec-43; Ft Wayne 25-Dec-43; Grenier 27-Dec-43; Presque Is 3-Jan-44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-O] Bassingbourn 23-Jan-4. Attacked by German fighters on 16-Aug-44 while on a mission to bomb aircraft factoried at Halle, Germany and blew up in mid-air. Crashed in the Forest of Mollenfelde at Eichenberg/Thurlingen, Germany. 5KIA 4POW MACR 8184. Aircraft had logged 50 missions.

P 1Lt Halstead Sherrill (KIA) CP 2Lt Frank J. Gilligan (POW)
N 2Lt William M. Porter (POW); B 2Lt Nicholas J. Weber (KIA)
E/TTG Sgt Vernon E. Bauerline (KIA); RO SSgt Richard J. Munkwitz (POW)
BTG Enrique T. Perez (KIA); WG SSgt Joseph R. Morrison (KIA)
TG SSgt Chester W. Mis (POW)

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

  • Vernon Bauerline

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft attacked by German fighters. Crashed near Eichenberg, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • William Burtt

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17G 42-37987 'Man O War - Horsepower Ltd' managed to return to England on two engines and crashed near Sittingbourne, Kent when the third engine went out....

  • Frank Gilligan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Frank Gilligan served as co-pilot with the 324th Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Bassingbourn, England. On 16 August 1944, his B-17 42-31634 'Texas Chubby' was attacked by fighters, blew up in mid-air, and crashed...

  • Chester Mis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by fighters, blew up in mid-air, and crashed at Eichenberg, Germany. POW

  • Joseph Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down in B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters, blew up in mid-air and cradhed near Eichenberg, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Richard Munkwitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby' while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was attacked by fighters, blew up in mid-air, and crashed at Eichenberg, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Enrique Perez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down in B-17G 42-31364 'Texas Chubby' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and blew up in mid-air, crashed near Eichenberg, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Porter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by fighters and crashed at Eichenberg on 8/16/44 in B-17 'Texas Chubby-The J'ville Jolter' POW

  • Halstead Sherrill

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31634 while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and blew up in mid-air while on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany.

  • Nicholas Weber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and blew up in mid-air. Crashed near Eichenberg, Germany (Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

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) Eichenberg, Germany 16 August 1944

Attacked by German fighteres and exploded in mid-air. Crashed at Eichenberg, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2014 21:03:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-De-2014. Added nickname, markings, description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A, Hey MBE and MACT 8184; Added crash location and map pin to FTR event; Converted date in description to military-style signification; added complete proper names, rank, crew position and dispositions per MACR 8184.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8184 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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