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43-38202

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/7/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 18/4/44; Missing in Action `20m` Merseburg 2/11/44 with Dale Brant (shot on ground), Navigator: John Gustafson (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Chas Hackstock, Bombardier: John Bunch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Ludwig, Radio Operator: John Peluse, Ball turret gunner: Chas Hitchcock, Waist gunner: Jim Wilkey,Tail gunner: Mikel White (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit both port engines and set on fire, crashed Marbitz, near Halle, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 10145. MISS SLIPSTRAM.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Dale Brant

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Norbitz in B-17 'Miss Slip Stream' 43-38202

  • John Bunch

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 2 November 1944 in A/C #43-38202 on Merseberg raid by Me-109s on 17th mission. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA at Moosburg. Liberated by 14th Armored Division 29 April 1945. AM

  • John Gustafson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Norbitz in B-17 'Miss Slip Stream' #4338202

  • Charles Hitchcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Norbitz on 11/2/44 in B-17 'Miss Slip Steam' #4338202

  • John Ludwig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Norbitz on 11/2/44 in B-17 'Miss Slip Stream' 43-38202.

  • Charles Mackstack

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crashed near Norbitz on 11/2/44 in B-17 'Miss Slip Stream' #43-38202, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Peluse

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Norbitz on 11/2/44 in B-17 'Miss Slip Stream' #4338202

  • Joseph Polinski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Mikel White

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Norbitz on 11/2/44 in B-17 'Miss Slip Stream' #4338202

  • James Willey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 2 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 21:31:14 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10145 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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