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42-5178

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-L] Bassingbourn 11/1/43; Missing in Action on its 15th mission, to Anklam, Germany on 9 October 1943. Pilot James D. Judy; Co-pilot: John K. Carter; Navigator: Capen R. Simons; Bombardier/Togglier George R. O’Dea; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl M. Cherry; Radio Operator: Lloyd A. Johnso; Ball turret gunner: John M. Yatsko; Right Waist gunner: Linwood W. White; Tail Gunner Niles H. Withers (9 Prisoners of War). Left Waist gunner: William V. Williams (Killed in Action). Struck hard head-on by an enemy aircraft, the ship crashed near Kragstedt, about 20km SW of Flensburg, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 898. THE OLD STAND BY.

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

  • John Carter

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Cherry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Standby', Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier August 1943 in B-17 #42-5712 'My Prayer' on mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, A/C was attacked by fighters. With A/C afire, 7 of the crew bailed out near...

  • 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). ...

  • Lloyd Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425178 'The Old Stand. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Judy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5712 'My Prayer' on mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, A/C attacked by fighters. With A/C afire, 7 of the crew bailed out near Frankfurt. Pilot Judy, Co-pilot Lays and Engineer Cherry stayed with the A/C and landed on the grass...

  • George O'Dea

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Capen Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Linwood White

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425178 'The Old Stand. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Imprisoned at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria, liberated May 1945. POW

  • William Williams

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425178 'The Old Stand. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Niles Withers

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #425178 'The Old Stand. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); 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...

  • 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Bassingbourne England 9 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 13:21:44 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, aircraft associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Photo research

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 898 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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