Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Waist Gunner. The aircraft was repeadely attacked by German fighters and was seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were arderd to bale out over the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland by many, including SSGT Bliven came down in the sea and were lost. The aircraft crashed into North Sea just west of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. on 4 March 1943. Sergeant Bliven's body was washed ashore near Oudeschild on 4 March 43 but no burial information was found. It is possible that the Dutch or Germans buried his remains at Oudeschild, Holland.
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...
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...
||Newport County, Rhode Island
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||4 March 1943
Killed when the aircraft was attacekd by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea just west of the tip of Texel Island, Holland.