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42-5139

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/10/42; West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-V] Bassingbourn 13/3/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Joel Gatewood, Navigator: Dan Downy, Bombardier: Harry Hammond, Waist gunner: Tom Parfitt (4POW-all caught after nine days at Saarbrucken), Co-pilot: George Riegel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Canada, Radio Operator: Dan Butler, Ball turret gunner: Stanford Adams, Waist gunner: George Hite, Tail gunner: Fred Pearce (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4 and wing on fire, crashed Geisenheim, 12 miles W of Weisbaden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 276. CHIEF SLY II.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Stanford Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-5139 'Chief Sly II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bruce Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crash landed in B-17F 41-24439 'Chief Sly’ while serving as Pilot on return from target Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Co-pilot was 2nd Lt. Arthur J. Reynolds. Aircraft was DBR and salvaged. No injuries reported in crash.

  • Daniel Butler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5139 'Chief Sly II', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Raymond Canada

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425139 'Chief Sly II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Daniel Downy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425139 'Chief Sly II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joel Gatewood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425139 'Chief Sly II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Harold Hammond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425139 'Chief Sly II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marshall Haugen

    Military | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Marshall Haugen was Radio Operator on 322nd Sqdn's 'Chief Sly' and 'Chief Sly II' and flew over with the 91st BG in the September of 1942. ...

  • George Hite

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425139 'Chief Sly II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Parfitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425139 'Chief Sly II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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 17 August 1943
Manufactured

Originally piloted by Captain Bruce Barton after crash landing the first Chief Sly in December 1942. He named his new plane Chief Sly ll and completed his 25 missions and was home by July 1943.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 18:02:35 AMBarton Changes to person associations
Sources

Added Bruce Barton as original first Pilot

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 17:55:21 AMBarton Changes to events
Sources

Added event information

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2020 16:38:07 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before 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 / MACR 276 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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