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42-5724

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 9/10/42; Wayne 14/11/42; Salina 19/1/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 23/3/43; Missing in Action 9m St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Ed Brodnax, Co-pilot: John Kaufman, Navigator: Bill Deal, Bombardier: Bill Lakey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gustav Lund, Radio Operator: Ken Dunbar, Waist gunner: Jim Wright, Ball turret gunner: John Mikkelson (8 Killed in Action), Waist gunner: John Smith,Tail gunner: Virgil Anderson (2 Prisoner of War); KO’d by heavy flak, ditched Channel, survivors picked up by French. Missing Air Crew Report 15710. (possibly MARNITA earlier) THUNDERBIRD No. 2.

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

  • Virgil Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel. As one of only 2 survivors who were rescued by Franch fishermen. became Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Brodnax

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 28 June 1943, on a mission to St. Nazaire, Edward Brodnax was flying B-17 425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2' when it was hit by heavy, accurate flak. The aircraft went down in the English Channel and Brodnax died. There were only 2 survivors who...

  • William Deal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Kenneth Dunbar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel.

  • John Kaufmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). On mission to St. Nazaire in B17 42-5724 28 June 1943 was hit by heavy, accurate flak. Went down in the English Channel with only 2 survivors who were rescued by Franch fishermen. Kaufmann's name is commemorated on the Tablets...

  • William Lahey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Gustav Lund

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel. .

  • John Mikkelson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel.

  • John Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) On mission to St. Nazaire in B17 42-5724 28 June 1943 was hit by heavy, accurate flak. Went down in the English Channel. As one of the 2 survivors who were rescued by Franch fishermen, became a Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Wright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #425724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 28 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 16:01:41 dan35 Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/pertes_usaaf_finiste...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15710 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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