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42-29537

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 9/1/43; Lake Charles 31/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-L] Bassingbourn 7/3/43; Missing in Action Rouen-Sotteville 28/3/43 with John Coen, Co-pilot: Caryll Nobbs, Navigator: Harry Davidson, Bombardier: John Butler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Strozzi, Radio Operator: Fran Byrne, Ball turret gunner: Jim Bectel, Waist gunner: Lou McLane, Waist gunner: Paul Kyes,Tail gunner: Domenic Caruso (10 Killed in Action); shot down and ditched Channel, a mile off Fecamp, Fr.. Missing Air Crew Report 16086.

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

  • James Bechtel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched into North Sea on 4-Mar-43 in B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur' after repeated fighter attacks. Losses reports Bechtel survived the ditching after floating in a life raft for 7 hours before a British minesweeper...

  • John Butler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #42-29537. The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Francis Byrne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #42-29537 'Mary Ruth Memories'. The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Byrne was only crewmember reported to survive...

  • Domenic Caruso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #4229537 . 'The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Coen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #4229537 'Mary Ruth Memories. 'The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Harold Davidson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #42-29537 'Mary Ruth Memories'. The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen / Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Paul Kyes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #42-29537 'Mary Ruth Memories'. The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Louis McLane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 42-29537 'Mary Ruth Memories. 'The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Caryll Nobbs

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

  • John Strozzi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters 28 March 1943 in B-17 #4229537 'Mary Ruth Memories. 'The assigned target was marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville. Plane crashed in Channel about one mile north of Fecamp, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 28 March 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16086 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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