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42-29487

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/42; Salina 2/2/43; Duncan 23/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; 48m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Wayne Hedglin, Co-pilot: Don Jones, Navigator: Carey Goodwin, Waist gunner: Bill Francisco, Waist gunner: Walt Williams (5 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: John McKewen (chute failed), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cody Wolf, Radio Operator: James Lascu Jr., Ball turret gunner: George Richardson, Tail gunner: Stan Lyttle (5 Killed in Action); hit by 20 enemy aircraft KO’d #1 and fire broke out in fuselage, crashed Wennigsen/Diester, 12 miles SW of Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1915. RITZY BLITZ.

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • William Francisco

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Carey Goodwyn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Wayne Hedglin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • James Lascu

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz.' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR #1915

  • Stanley Lyttle

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John McKewen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • George Richardson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Walter Williams

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 January 1944 in B-17F 42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Cody Wolf

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29487 'Ritzy Blitz. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2020 18:24:47 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 14:06:34 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.americanbattlegraves.com/index.php?page=directory&rec=122164
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/324th1944.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1915 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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