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42-97630

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/1/44; 1SAG Langley 6/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bassingbourn 27/4/44; 323BS [OR-T]; 41+m transferred 306BG Thurleigh 21/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/3/46. GERALDINE aka PEG ‘O MY HEART.

On the 28 May 1944 mission to Leipzig, the aircraft (piloted by 2Lt. Brannan), was noted as having one claimed kill, as well as suffering "major" damage to the aircraft, according to the 324ths reports.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • William Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Radar Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Offenbach mission in B-17 42-97630 5-Nov-44; Fatally wounded by flak, died of wounds. Killed in Action (KIA) No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • Willis Taylor

    Military | Major | 323rd Bomb Squadron Commander / Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Squadron commander of 323rd BS, 91st BG from 3 October 1944 to June 1945.

  • John Westwood

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    John 'Westy' Westwood served as a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Bassingbourn, England. ...

Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 421

    18 June 1944

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 602

    3 September 1944

  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 644

    21 September 1944

  • 652

    28 September 1944

  • 655

    30 September 1944

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Places

  • 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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Bassingbourn, England 27 April 1944

Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group. Later was moved to the 323rd Bomb Squadron.

Assigned Thurleigh, England 21 May 1945

Transferred to the 306th Bomb Group.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2021 20:49:50 CastleBren Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

91st Bomb Group website (Daily reports)

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2021 01:15:07 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/?s=Geraldine

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2021 01:05:33 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/photo_history/geraldine_nose.html

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2017 17:50:51 JoCarter Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and unit associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/scrapbook_memories/westy_westwood.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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