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42-37939

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG Bassingbourn 20/12/43; 15m Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Roman Maziarz, Co-pilot: Peter DeloWounded in Action, Navigator: Mortimer Pudnos, Bombardier: Arthur Clay, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Depoti, Radio Operator: Joe La Cascia, Ball turret gunner: Walt Meader, Waist gunner: Tony Barbotti, Waist gunner: Urban Jacoboski,Tail gunner: Bob Heller (10 Returned to Duty); hit by enemy aircraft causing severe damage, ditched North Sea, and rescued by Air Sea Rescue after four hours. SUGAR BLUES.

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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Anthony Barbotti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Arthur Clay

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Peter Delo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Robert Heller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Urban Jacoboski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Joseph LaCascia

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner; HFDF Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Roman Maziarz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

  • Walter Meader

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD. Killed in Action (KIA). 27 May 1944 B-17G #42-107040 'Shirley Jean'.

  • Mortimer Pudnos

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ditched in the North Sea on return from a mission to Oschersleben on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37939 'Sugar Blues'. All crewmembers rescued by ASR. RTD.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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
Crashed North Sea 22 February 1944

Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44. Hit by enemy aircraft causing severe damage, ditched North Sea, and rescued by Air Sea Rescue after four hours. (10 x RTD).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2015 16:11:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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