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Photo taken 31 July 1943.
Back, left to right : Rudolph A. Thigpen, Victor Ciganek, Gerald H. Tucker, James A. Bowcock, Jarvis Allen, Albert T. Diminno
Front Left to right : Carl N. Smith, Jack A. Hargis, Capen R. Simons, William H. Turcotte.
Some men are still wearing the dry clothing supplied to them by the British Air Sea Rescue.

Connections

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.

  • James Bowcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail 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 #4124453 'Mizpah/ The Bearded Beauty/ The Bearded Lady. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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.

  • Capen Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator
    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).

  • 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....

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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...

  • 42-3119 Destiny's Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Presque 28/4/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 4/6/43; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 5th mission - Hamburg 26/7/43 with some members of Lt Jack A. Hargis' new crew. Hargis' crew was split up to fly their...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • 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
09 August 2015 10:06:46 ED-BB Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Détails about the men in the photo found by Victor Ciganek's daughter in the April 1985 issue of "The Ragged Irregulars" Newsletter.

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2015 11:25:36 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

USAAF official photos

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