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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 29/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; Missing in Action 17m Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Elwood Arp, Co-pilot: Howie Sherman, Bombardier: Chauncey Hicksreturned via Spain, Ball turret gunner: Russ Hatton (4 evaded capture), Navigator: Nathan Weltmancaptured in Paris Dec 43, ttg-Ray Thompson, Radio Operator: John Wenninghoff, Waist gunner: Norbert Swierz, Waist gunner: Dean Millward,Tail gunner: Don Hayes (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Mons-en-Pevele, near Lille, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 514. BOMB-BOOGIE.

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

  • Elwood Arp

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Evaded.

  • Russell Hatton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4229797 'Old Ironsides' ditched in North Sea on 22 June 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Evaded.

  • Donald Hayes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Chauncey Hicks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4229797 'Old Ironsides' ditched in North Sea on 22 June 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dean Millward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Sherman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Evaded.

  • Norbert Swierz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Thompson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #4229797 'Old Ironsides' ditched in North Sea on 22 June 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nathan Weltman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Wenninghoff

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #425763 'Bomb-Boogie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed RAF Tempsford 17 July 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 514 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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