"England.....Capt. Michael Ragan, Catholic Chaplain, holds services for crew of B-17 'Fifinella' prior to take-off."
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...
Military | Captain | Chaplain
Group catholic chaplain. Ragan was a veritable celebrity at Bassingbourn, usually present beside the runway for the departure of every operational mission during his tenure. A Fortress was eventually named for him, B-17 44-83263 "Ragan's Raiders".
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 25/3/44; Missing in Action 54m Le Manoir RR bridge, Fr 13/8/44 with Tom Smith (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Joe Vukovich, Navigator: Alex Calder, Ball turret gunner: Jesse...
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...