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42-29587

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/43; Salina 2/2/43; Nashville 30/3/43; Homestead 7/4/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-J] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action 9m Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Bob Heller, Co-pilot: Wilbur Rowland, Navigator: Walt Ferguson, Bombardier: Bob Ball, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Holmes, Radio Operator: John Turner, Waist gunner: Ken Jones, Waist gunner: Andy Pasztor, Tail gunner: Harry Harmon (9 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Tom Price (KIA-died of wounds two weeks later); coll mid-air with 42-3162, crash landed Schmidtheim, 45 miles NW of Koblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 260. JOLLY ROGER.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29587 'Jolly Roger', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Ferguson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-29587 'Jolly Roger. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harold Harmon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229587 'Jolly Roger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Heller

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229587 'Jolly Roger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • William Holmes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229587 'Jolly Roger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29587 'Jolly Roger', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Pasztor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229587 'Jolly Roger. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Price

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229587 'Jolly Roger. ' Killed in Action (KIA). died of his wounds to the head and body in a hospital in Munstereifel, Germany

  • Wilbur Rowland

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29587 'Jolly Roger', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29587 'Jolly Roger', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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 12 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2020 21:39:28 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 260 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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