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These are four of seven survivors of an 8AF Flying Fortress [ B-17F 41-24464 "Excalibur" coded OR-J ] which crashed in the North Sea on its way home from a bombing mission over Germany 4-Mar-43. They are, L to R: 1st Lt Robert F Brubaker, [ Clearwater, Fla ]. Bombardier; T/Sgt. William G G Dickson waist gunner, T/Sgt Edwin L Barber tail gunner, Navigator 2nd Lt Rollin P Ball. They are stood in front of B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle'.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A09113-56500AC.



  • Rollin Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    2LT Rollin P. Ball was Navigator on two differentt B-17s that were lost. ...

  • Edwin Barber


  • Robert Brubaker

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229998. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3, moved to Nurenberg 49-11.

  • William Dickson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    B-17 #4124464 'Excalibur' ditched into North Sea on 4 March 1943. Returned to base. after being picked up by a British minesweeper. Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229998. Killed in Action (KIA). ...


  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


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09 December 2016 17:54:46 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations