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42-107075

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 14/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Presque Is 6/4/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 22/3/44 CHAMPAGNE GIRL; Missing in Action 45m Lechfeld 19/7/44 with Cyril Braund, Co-pilot: John Sykes, Navigator: Ken Boltz, Bombardier: John Grubka, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don McBey, Radio Operator: Bill Bridges, Ball turret gunner: Bob Lockhard, Waist gunner: Carl McCardell,Tail gunner: Cliff Johnson (9INT); mid air coll with 42-31542 (BUNKY, cut in half); crashed Ilanz, SE of Zurich, Switz; crew bailed out; Missing Air Crew Report 7407. aka FANCY PANTS.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31542 Bunky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Spokane 22/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Wendover 7/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 27/1/44 BUNKY. ...

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

People

  • Kenneth Boltz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    INT Had mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Girl #42107075

  • Cyril Braund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    INT Mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Girl #42107075

  • William Bridges

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    INT Had mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Lady #42107075

  • Carl Cardell

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

  • John Grubka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    INT Had mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Lady #42107075

  • Clifford Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    INT Had mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Lady #42107075

  • Robert Lockhard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    INT Had mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Lady #42107075

  • Donald McBey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Had mid air collision and crashed in Switzerland on 7/19/44 in B-17 Champagne Lady 42-107075.

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7407 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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