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42-5132

B-17 Flying Fortress

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 Stephens RIP 25/7/44, Ball turret gunner: Harry Miller, Waist gunner: Alby Rukas, Waist gunner: Jim Pratt, Tail gunner: Roland Carlson (10 POW - two escaped, one being killed later), several enemy aircraft attacked this ship which had brought down eight enemy before crashing in the North Sea. ROYAL FLUSH!

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

  • Edwin Bush

    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-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to...

  • Roland Carlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Marcell Fountain

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Maurice Herman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 42-5132 'Royal Flush. ' Survived. ...

  • Harold Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Pratt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Albert Rukas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Fred Sneed

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. POW

  • Thomas Stephens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Sergeant Stephens was killed in the Prisoner of War (POW) camp while trying to escape by cutting a hole in the wire. . He was talking to one guard who had found him when another guard came up and...

  • Norman Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5132 'Royal Flush'. Prisoner of War (POW)

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...

  • Molesworth

    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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 21:01:48 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 401st BS mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 19:22:43 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

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

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