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Thomas B McCormick

Military

Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine, turned to return to base and was never seen again. 30 miles from the English coast, German fighters shot it down. No traces of the crew or aircraft were ever found.

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People

  • George Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Radio Operator. Aircarft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base. 30 miles from the English coast, German fighters shot it down and it crashed into the English...

  • Arthur Applebaum

    Military | Lieutenant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base. 30 miles from the English coast, German fighters shot it down and it crashed into the...

  • Ralph Clinton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 18 November 1942, while serving as Navigator, in 'Fury' B-17 #41-24499 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...

  • Ross Frazier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base, 30 miles from English coast, German fighters shot it down and it crashed into the English Channel. No...

  • Herbert Hampy

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as an additional Navigator. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base. 30 miles from the English coast it was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the...

  • Doyce Hamrick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base. 30 miles from the English coast, German fighters shot it down and it crashed into the English...

  • Joseph Janor

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base. 30 miles from the English coast, German fighters shot it down and it crashed into the English...

  • Wardon Ryder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24479 'Sad Sack' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was seen to feather #2 engine and turn back towards base. 30 miles from the English coast, German fighters shot it down and it crashed into the English...

  • Victor Zienowicz

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 18 November 1942 while serving as the pilot of B-17F #41-24499 'Fury' the bombs could not be released on the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France, so were jettisoned upon return in an open field. 10 miles SW of Exeter, the aircraft collided with #41...

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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

  • 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 ...

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 19

    14 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens of La Pallice, France are the Primary(P) target for a combined bomber force of 21 B-17s from 91BG (14) and 306BG (7); 93BG also joins the raid with 13 B-24s. However, La Pallice is completely clouded over, so instead, the bombers attack...

  • 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 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

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
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 23 November 1942

Killed when the aircraft was attacked by German aircraft and crashed into the English Channel.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2021 22:04:31 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322nd8-6%20to8-7-42.html

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2014 17:52:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Nov-2014. Edited description, made aircraft association and added KIA event per MACR 16273; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 19:13:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)16273; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16273, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. One by Bishop and Hey, p. 48

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