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42-39771

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26/8/43; Gt Falls 13/10/43; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 4/11/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bassingbourn 20/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Jim Lutz, Co-pilot: Irving Stehlik, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Alexander, Radio Operator: Guy Moulton, Ball turret gunner: Tom Smith, Waist gunner: George Fitton, Waist gunner: Conrad Baker,Tail gunner: Joe Kudasik (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John Whitney, Bombardier: Lee Lewis (2EVD-ret UK 11/9/44); flak KO’d #2 & #3, crash landed Eindhoven A/Fd, Holl; Missing Air Crew Report 2234. JEANNIE MARIE.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Alexander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Conrad Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Fitton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Joined 91st BG/ 401st BS in Dec 1943. Flew 3 combat missions with crew of Lt. Lutz. On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War ...

  • Joseph Kudasik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lee Lewis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Evaded (EVD). Returned to England on 11 Sep 1944.

  • James Lutz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Guy Moulton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lester Rentmeester

    Military | Colonel | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Robert Roberts

    Civilian | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Bob Roberts completed two tours of duty as a Navigator with the 91st Bomb Group in the European Theatre. ...

  • Thomas Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 4 February 1944 on a mission to Frankfurt, B-17G #42-39771 'Jeannie Marie' was forced to land due to extensinve flak damage at Eindhoven, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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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...

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 4 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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