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42-39967

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 21/10/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 25/1/44; 15m Missing in Action Oberpffaffafenhofen 18/3/44 with Harry Theophilos, Co-pilot: John DeLavore, Navigator: John Herr (chute failed, never found in lake), Tail gunner: Chas Jochmann (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Joe Pletta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joachim Vizinho, Radio Operator: Jim Norris, Ball turret gunner: Elden Newman, Waist gunner: Marion Porter, Waist gunner: Chas Perry (6 Prisoner of War); flak hit causing ship to drop out of formation, enemy aircraft then struck, crashed on shore of Lake Constance, near Bregenz, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 3224. MARY KAY.

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • John DeLavore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Herr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Jochmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Eldon Newman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Norris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Perry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Pletta

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marion Porter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Theophilus

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joachim Vizinho

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39967 'Mary Kay'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

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) Bregenz, Austria 18 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 04:40:02 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, place associations and mission associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 08:43:39 mvizinho Changes to description
Sources

Joachim Vizinho was mispelled Joachin the correct spelling is Joachim..

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3224 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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