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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

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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