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42-5712

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/8/42; Wayne 6/11/42; West Palm Beach, Fl 14/12/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 1/1/43 HEAVYWEIGHT ANNIHILATORS II; battle damaged 22/6/43, repaired & transferred 324BS; 17m crash landed Manston on return from Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Judy, Co-pilot: Roger Lane (Laya?), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl CherryWounded in Action (3 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Ed DeCoster, Bombardier: Lewis Allen, Radio Operator: Virgil Faust, Ball turret gunner: Chas Baiano, Waist gunner: Ray Tarbell, Waist gunner: Vince Lala, Tail gunner: Paul Burton (7 Prisoner of War); severe damage by flak with 500+ holes but remaining crew brought aircraft back to crash landed on grass at RAF Manston, UK; Salvaged Cat E. Missing Air Crew Report 283. MY PRAYER.

Service

People

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Roger Layn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    His 2nd mission as a Co-Pilot was to Schweinfurt on 17 Aug 1943. ...

  • Arthur Poston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 May 1943 in B-17 #41-24483 'Spirit of Alcohol'. He went to Bassingbourn from MacDill Field about November/December 1942. He was on his 17th mission. The pilot (Lt. Baxley) told his parents in a letter that they were...

  • William Rathgeber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 #41-24483 'Spirit of Alcohol'. Killed in Action (KIA), (MIA)body never found.

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 17:21:00 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 16:29:26 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/nose_artists/starcer.html

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2020 23:11:11 jmoore43 Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

Added Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.
Source: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-5-ve-42-5710-42-5...

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 18:16:24 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nicknames listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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