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42-29520

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-O] Molesworth 6/3/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-S] Bassingbourn 7/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with John Karp, Co-pilot: Dave Boswell, Navigator: Art Poole, Bombardier: Bernie Gabler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Hitchens, Radio Operator: Pat McLoughlin, Waist gunner: Bob Brooks (7 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Ed Davis, Waist gunner: Ed Apicella,Tail gunner: Melvin Leimas (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Neustadt-Wagenfeld, eight milees SE of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 909.

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

People

  • Edward Apicella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-29520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David Boswell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29520, Prisoner of War (POW). Member of Caterpillar Club. POW

  • George Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Navigator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Robert Brooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4229520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Clowe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Tail Gunner of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • Edward Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29520, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernard Gabler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4229520. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Hitchens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #4229520. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Hogue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    22-Feb-43 Assigned to the 303BG/358BS at Molesworth, UK as Radio Operator of the 2LT James R. Dunn crew. ...

  • John Karp

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29520, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 20:27:24 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/nose_artists/starcer.html

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 13:39:56 MarcErnst Changes to media associations
Sources

From his son

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 909 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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