A B-17 Flying Fortress (LL-E, serial number 42-5132) of the 91st Bomb Group. Passed for publication 19 Mar 1943. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'Boeing Fortress II in squadron service in Gt. Britain.' On reverse: The Aeroplane and US Army General Section Press & Censorship [Stamps]. Print No: 254317.
A bomber crew led by First Lieutenant Harold Beasley (centre) of the 91st Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (LG-T, serial number 42-5172) nicknamed "Thunderbird" after a mission. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for Publication Apr 1943' [stamp].'256838' [Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse is damaged, what remains reads: 'Photo shows:-1st Lieut. Harold Beasley [centre] and his crew on their return from the Antwerp raid. They also took part in the previous days raid on Paris when they shot down four enemy fighters. On Sundays raid their plane "Royal Flush"[LL-E, serial number 42-5132] was attacked seven times and was so badly damaged that for Monday they had a new plane "Thunderbird". Members of Lieut. Beasleys crew are- S/Sgt Nick Sandoff (waist gunner) from Toledo, Ohio. T/Sgt J.M. Franklin (radio) from Kansas City, Missouri. S/Sgt E.G Jedinak (waist gunner) from Pittsburg. Lieut Harry D Sipe (navigator) from Pittsburgh Pa. Leiut R B Walker (co-pilot) from Somerset, Pa. [S/Sgt James L. Branch] (ball turret), from... Arkansas. S/Sgt Mark L. [Schaefer (top turret gunner)], from Grantsville, [Maryland]. 1st Lieut [Jack] Fisher (Bombardier)from Detroit... and S/Sgt [Everett Creason]... from... Oregon. April 6 1943 PN.' (Crew names in parenthesis have been gathered from 91BG roster) Press caption for image series: ‘EXCLUSIVE PICTURES AS CREWS RETURN FROM RAID. Night and Day air blitz of enemy continues. “Forts” smash Axis factories at Antwerp. Raid carried out by crews who took part in Paris raid previous day. The greatest air offensive in history is being carried out by the Anglo-American air forces. For 72 hours bombs have been crashing down on Hitler’s Europe in the West almost nonstop. Axis Factories, ports and shipping have felt the weight of allied bombs. On Sunday American Fortresses raided the Renault works at Billancourt, near Paris with telling effect. On Monday the same crews took part in a smashing attack on the Erla plane engine works at Antwerp, where Minerva car engines used to be made. In addition to the great damage inflicted by the heavy weight of the bombs a number of German Fighters were shot down by the bombers. One of the American Fortresses piloted by 1st Lieut Harold H Beasley of Andalusia, Alabama shot down four German fighters in the Paris raid and another one during the Antwerp Raid. NOTE TO CENSOR: This is the general story for the series of pictures herewith. Each of which bears its individual descriptive caption. Planet News. USAF Facility Visit. 6 Apr 1943.’
Lt Edwin R Bush, Bombardier of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, seated at his position on board Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 42-5132 Royal Flush at an 8th Air Force Base In England. 23 March 1943.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12115-72485AC.
"Bombardier seen in the nose of a B-17 "Flying Fortress" flying somewhere over England".
Another view of bombardier Capt Edwin R Bush, this time aboard the B-17F "Royal Flush!" ,42-5132, coded LL-E, of the 401st Bomb Sq, 91st BG. The ship was lost on the 22 June 1943 mission to Huls as a result of enemy fighter attacks.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12123-87679AC.
Delivered Denver 29/9/42; New Castle 15/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-E] Bassingbourn 18/1/43; Missing in Action 23m Huls 22/6/43 with Marcell Fountain, Co-pilot: Oscar Diedering, Navigator: Mo Herman, Bombardier: Norm Williams, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Sneed, Radio Operator: Tom StephensRIP 25/7/44, Ball turret gunner: Harry Miller, Waist gunner: Alby Rukas, Waist gunner: Jim Pratt,Tail gunner: Roland Carlson (10POW-two escaped, one being killed later), several enemy aircraft attacked this ship which had brought down eight enemy before crashed North Sea. ROYAL FLUSH!
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...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
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...
Military site : airfield
Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...
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