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43-38360

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Hunter 4/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 9/9/44; Missing in Action `28m` Berlin 5/12/44 with Ralph Blanton, Norval Covington, Roy Burns, Allison Stern, Lauren Porter, Arvid Johnson, Ken Minette, Emery Salyards, Lou Smith (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 and ship dropped away and crashed Spandau, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 11045. BRIDE OF MARS.

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

  • Ralph Blanton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crashed near Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' 43-38360, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roy Burns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' #4338360

  • Norval Covington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Edward Davidson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Harold Reichert crew. Completed 35 missions. Returned to ZI via 70th Replacement Depot. ...

  • Arvid Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' #4338360

  • Kenneth Minette

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' #4338360

  • Lauren Porter

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' #4338360

  • Harold Reichert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Assigned to BAD3. ...

  • Emery Salyards

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crashed near Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' #43-38360, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Louis Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Spandau on 12/5/44 in B-17 'Bride of Mars' #4338360

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 5 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 01:25:37 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11045 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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