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Back row left to right: Waist gunner: Gerald Tucker, Ball turret gunner: Rudy Thigpen ( not on final mission), Waist gunner: Albert Di Minno, Tail gunner: Leland Judy, Flt Engineer: Jarvis Allen, Radio Operator: Victor Ciganek
Front row left to right: Pilot: Jack Hargis, Co-Pilot: Carl Smith, R.C. Martin ( not on final mission), Bombardier: Edward Winslow

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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

  • Jarvis Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #423119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #422990 'Dame Satan. ' Evaded.

  • Victor Ciganek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119 (possibly "Frisco Jenny', better known as "Destiny's Tot"). Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down again on 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Albert DiMinno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #423119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #422990 'Dame Satan. ' Evaded.

  • Jack Hargis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #423119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #422990 'Dame Satan. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Leland Judy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #422990 'Dame Satan. ' Evaded.

  • Richard Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4124453 'Mizpah/ The Bearded Beauty/ The Bearded Lady. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #423119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #422990 'Dame Satan. ' Evaded.

  • Rudolph Thigpen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. RTD. Damaged by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37987 'Man O War - Horsepower Ltd' managed to return to England on two engines and crashed near...

  • Gerald Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Sgt Gerald Tucker (whose first name is often misspelled Gerold) was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-3119 when it was shot down on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. The plane ditched in the North Sea and all ten crew were saved and returned to base....

  • Edward Winslow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #422990 'Dame Satan. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Aircraft

  • 42-2990 Dame Satan

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Bassingbourn 10/1/43; Missing in Action 11+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Jack A. Hargis; Ball turret gunner: Starr A. Tucker (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carlyle H. Darling; Bombardier: Edward...

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 ...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2015 19:05:04 V York Changes to caption
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Airman's labeled photo and first hand knowledge

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2015 16:28:20 V York Changes to caption
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Victor's daughter

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2015 15:59:27 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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MACR 277
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2015 15:57:21 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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