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John J Alba


Shot down 21 November 1944 in AC #4338545. Escaped and returned. Plane became known as the phantom plane and crew because after crew bailed out it made a perfect 3 pt landing in a field and when the British went to help the crew there wasn't one! DeBolt crew.

Earlier, 31 December 1943 returned from mission to Bordeaux in B17 AC#41-24484 ÒThe Bad EggÓ. Because of the severe damage to the plane, as it touched down on the runway, it ploughed into the jeep. 10 RTD. H. Evers crew.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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


  • 41-24484 'The Bad Egg'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley,...


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn page 171, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 456