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Billie L Ramsey

Military

Billie Ramsey was Left Waist Gunner on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner of War (POW). Landed in the middle of the Luftwaffe air base at Chièvres, Belgium. Immediately captured like some other members of the crew, Ramsey tried to evade together with Navigator Lt Billie Huish from the place where the Germans had put them all. Huish managed to evade (and was later killed in a massacre - see his page), but Ramsey was caught again and interned at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland.

Service

People

  • Benjamin Beauclair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Benjamin Beauclair was Co-Pilot of B-17 "Skunkface" #42-29656 of 91st Bomb Group/322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed behind the railway station at Lens, NNW of Mons, Belgium. Hit in the leg...

  • Charles Betzel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Charles Betzel was a graduate of Davenport High School and was employed at the Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Co before entering the service in April 1942. Assigned to the Air Corps, he started his training at Santa Ana, California and later at Blythe,...

  • Francis Hentges

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Francis Hentges was Tail Gunner on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner of...

  • Billy Huish

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Billy Huish was Navigator on B-17 "Skunkface"#42-29656 of the 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by enemy fighters on 20 February 1944 over Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Initially evaded with the help of Belgians, the...

  • Ernest Kidd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ernest Kidd was Pilot of B-17 "Skunkface" #42-29656, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed behind the railway station at Lens, NNW of Mons, Belgium. Kidd was suffering from a broken upper thigh and was hospitalized...

  • Theodore Mazor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Theodore Mazor was Radio Operator on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner of...

  • Ernest Serna

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ernest Serna was Right Waist Gunner on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner...

  • Ober Torvik

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    After graduating from Sisseton High School, North Dakota, Ober Torvik left home at 17 years of age and went to California to join the Merchant Marine. For five years he traveled the seas to Alaska and many foreign countries. After that stint at sea, he...

  • Rex Wertman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    After attending the New Creek School and the Keyser High School in West Virginia, Rex Wertman worked for Browning Bottling Company in Keyser. Enlisted in November 1942, he received training in Miami Beach, Florida; in Amarillo, Texas; in Moses Lake,...

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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

  • 42-29656 The Terrible Ten, Skunkface

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/2/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 21/3/43 "THE TERRIBLE TEN"; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 5/7/43 "SKUNKFACE". Missing in Action on its 19th mission, to Aschersleben, Germany on 20 February...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

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 Arkansas, United States 1924
Lived in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, United States 1942
Enlisted Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio, United States 3 December 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland 20 February 1944 – May 1945

Landed in the middle of the Luftwaffe air base at Chièvres, Belgium. Immediately captured, together with Billy Huish, he tried to evade from the place where the Germans had put those of his crew who had been caught. Huish managed to evade (and was later killed in a massacre - see his page), but Ramsey was captured and interned at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland. NARA WWII POW records : “Returned to Military Control 24 May 1945”

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 14:16:15 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 2460
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2460 / MACR 2460, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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