1Lt Ralph Almon Felton, Jr, Pilot on B17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day' 322th Bomb Squadron 91st Bomb Group . Aircraft sustained damage from repeated fighter attacks and crashed into North Sea just west of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland.
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
Units served with
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...
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...
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,...
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)....
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...
||6 June 1918
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||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.
||Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten
Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery.