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42-5077

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 15/9/42; Bangor 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 15/10/42; Missing in Action 33m Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Bob Thompson, Co-pilot: Serge Klinkow, Navigator: George Lausted, Bombardier: Mike Couzzi, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carroll Goodwin, Radio Operator: Bob Brooks (6 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Wayne Kienberger, Waist gunner: Bob Ziernicki,Tail gunner: Chas Blonstein, Waist gunner: Micky Lengyel (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set ship ablaze, crashed Brunninghausen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 261. (possibly completed 25 missions before Memphis Belle). DELTA REBEL No. 2.

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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Abb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions on 'Delta Rebel #2'

  • George Birdsong

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions as pilot on 'Delta Rebel #2'

  • Charles Blonstein

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425077 'Delta Rebel. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Brooks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425077 'Delta Rebel. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • B Byrd

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions on 'Delta Rebel #2'

  • Henry Carter

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions on 'Delta Rebel #2'

  • Michael Couzzi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425077 'Delta Rebel. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Maurice Gole

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    crew chief on 'Delta Rebel #2'

  • Carroll Goodwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425077 'Delta Rebel. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carroll Goodwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are despatched to bomb...

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) Germany 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 261 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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