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Bernard Francis Priebe

Military

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Was once co-pilot to Capt Robert B Campbell on B-17 41-24497 'Mizpath II'.

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, American Defense and Campaign, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • William Benecki

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 #41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, A/C collided with #41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Edward Brodnax

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 28 June 1943, on a mission to St. Nazaire, Edward Brodnax was flying B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2' when it was hit by heavy, accurate flak. The aircraft went down in the English Channel and Brodnax died. There were only 2 survivors who...

  • Daniel Butler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5139 'Chief Sly II', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Robert Campbell

    Military | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Ely Cohen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425789 'Night Shade. ' Result unknown.

  • William Deal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Kenneth Dunbar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hackwith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Gustav Lund

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Parfitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-5139 'Chief Sly II', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 41-24453 Mizpah, The Bearded Lady, The Bearded Beauty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-O] Bangor 29/8/42; Bassingbourn 29/9/42; in taxi accident with John Hardin 18/11/42 at RNAS Yeovilton; MIZPAH - THE BEARDED LADY aka THE BEARDED BEAUTY. ...

  • 41-24479 Sad Sack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24479 "Sad Sack" Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] 2-September-1942; Bassingbourn 29-September-1942; Missing in Action 23-November-1942 on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. This was the 4th mission for this crew. Last seen with ...

  • 41-24481 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; Missing in Action 10+m Kiel 14/5/43 with Bill Broley, Co-pilot: Albert Davies, Navigator: Armando Ambalagi, Bombardier: Joe Darmiento, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Clyne, Radio...

  • 41-24483 Spirit of Alcohol

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-U] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 29/9/42; Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/43 with Edwin Baxley, Co-pilot: Jim Breeden, Navigator: Jim Fulmer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jarvis Hall (4 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Arthur L...

  • 41-24497 Possibly 'Mizpah II' on one side, 'Frisco Jinny' on the other

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered ? ?; with Jim Dale force landed Berry Fd, Nashville, TN 15/8/42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-P] Westover 16/8/42; Bassingbourn 30/9/42; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 26th mission, to Stuttgart on 6 September 1943 with Pilot William R. Cox;...

  • 41-24545 Luftwaffe Waterloo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; `16+m` with Joe Totusek, burned out on base, internal fire started probably by ground crew’s cigarette, 23/3/43; First aircraft sal in ground accident. (possibly LUFTWAFFE'S WATERLOO or...

  • 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...

  • 42-5139 Chief Sly II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/10/42; West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-V] Bassingbourn 13/3/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Joel Gatewood, Navigator: Dan Downy, Bombardier: Harry Hammond, Waist gunner: Tom Parfitt (4POW-all caught...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 16

    7 November 1942
    A combined bomber force of 56 B-17s are despatched by 91BG, 301BG and 306BG to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France. This is the first mission flown by 91st Bomb Group. This element is joined by 12 B-24s from 93BG. To aide the attacking bomber force,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • VIII Bomber Command 38

    27 February 1943
    With weather and cloud cover continuing to frustrate bombing efforts against targets in Northern Germany, VIII Bomber Command decides to mount a raid against the harbour facilities at Brest, France. A total of 60 B-17s are destached: 91BG (18); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 42

    12 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France is the primary target for 72 B-17s. 91BG (18); 303BG (18) ; 305BG (17) and 306BG (19). Of this formation, 63 are effective on the target. There are no aircraft losses or claims on enemy...

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Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Joseph, Missouri 18 February 1917

Son of Alfred C and Mary Elizabeth [Pfeiffer] Priebe.

Enlisted Fort Leavenworth, KS 8 November 1941

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 19 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Farmington, MI 5 June 2004
Buried St. Fabian Catholic Church, Farmington Hills, MI 9 June 2004

Funeral Mass Wednesday 11 am at St. Fabian Catholic Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 17:13:32 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and awards
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/231556628/bernard-francis-priebe

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 17:03:25 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname and events
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https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/detroitnews/name/bernard-priebe-obi...

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 18:23:35 Dricharlo Changes to mission associations
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Added by Rick Graham, friend of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard F Priebe.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 17:26:11 Dricharlo Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Added by Rick Graham, friend of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard F Priebe.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 16:52:17 Dricharlo Changes to mission associations
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By Rick Graham, friend of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard F Priebe requested this input.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 15:34:32 Dricharlo Changes to mission associations
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Rick Graham is a friend of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard F Priebe who requested this information to be input.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 17:54:44 Dricharlo Changes to events
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Rick Graham at the request of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard F Priebe.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 17:51:01 Dricharlo Changes to events
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Rick Graham at the request of Kurt Priebe, sin of Bernard F Priebe.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 17:23:58 Dricharlo Changes to biography and unit associations
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Rick Graham at the request of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard F Priebe.

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 21:08:32 Dricharlo Changes to aircraft associations
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Rick Graham friend of Kurt Priebe, son of Bernard Priebe.

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2021 11:09:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/183264275
https://www.fold3.com/image/618360288
https://www.fold3.com/record/65775713/bernard-f-priebe-social-security-d...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84564609/bernard-f-priebe-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.fold3.com/record/622890551/bernard-priebe-1917-veterans-affa...

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2021 19:42:34 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 20:27:30 RayWells Changes to aircraft associations
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updated connections

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:29 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / daughter

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