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Ralph A Felton Jr

Military

On 23 Nov 1942 St Nazaire Submarine Pen mission, he failed to reach the target and turned back. The Stabilizer was accidentlly shot off by the waist gunner.

Killed in Action (KIA) 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day' 91BG/322BS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft sustained damage from repeated fighter attacks and crashed into North Sea just west of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. My dad was one of the original B-17 pilots who served with Wray's Ragged Irregulars. He flew 22 missions between 11-Jul-42 and 4-Mar-43. He was declared Missing in Action (MIA) 11 days after I was born. His plane was last seen near Texel Island returning from Hamm Raid

Purple heart, Air medal w/several Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Commendation for 11-9-42 Saint Nazaire Mission and 2-Apr-42 for Emden Mission

Service

Units served with

  • 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

  • 41-24512 Rose O'Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bangor 1-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 7+m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Aircraft sustained repeated attacks by fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew...

  • 44-6596 Sweet Dish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-L/P/F] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; battle damaged Berlin 5/12/44 with Bob Roach, John Temple, Gus Mantia, Joe Canellas, Bill Hogan, Roland Michel (6 Returned to Duty); George Alexander,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

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 New Jersey 6 June 1918
Killed in Action (KIA) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed just west of the tip of Texel Island. He baled out but was lost in the sea. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 22:13:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event per MACR 3721; Edited SUmmay Biography with loss detail and converted dates to military-style signification per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBe.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor/ Pat Felton, Daughter, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, pp. 87-88, MACR 3721

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