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42-2970

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E/C] New Castle 13/10/42; Bassingbourn 23/11/42; involved in landing accident at base on 1/8/43 with Dave Gladhart; on return from Stuttgart 38m 6/9/43 with Bill Pegram, Co-pilot: Bill Martin, Navigator: Bob Cosgrove, Bombardier: Norman Eatinger, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lawrence W. Murray Sr., Radio Operator: Hans Wobst, Ball turret gunner: ? , Waist gunner: Fred Hutchinson, Waist gunner: Belvin Peters, Tail gunner: Gordon Noel (10RTD?); crash landed Pett Level, near Hastings, SX, UK, out of gas, crew OK, aircraft Salvaged. Completed 25m 17/5/43 and contender with Memphis Belle, Jersey Bounce and Delta Rebel II, for US war bond tour. CONNECTICUT YANKEE.

"My grandfather Lawrence W. Murray completed all 25 missions on this bird and is in the bottom left of this picture. They had him squat down since he was 6'6". He was also in the debriefing photograph that you do not have on this site. Lawrence W. Murray retired from the Airforce at MacDill AFB in Tampa FL as an E-9. He also completed another 50 plus combat missions in Korea. The pilot on this B-17 was the former copilot of the Memphis Belle Capt. James A. Verinis. If one is to look closely at this picture you can see the Captain's dog being held. It was a black Scottie named 'Stuka'." - Jason Murray

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

  • Porter Clemens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 31-Dec-43 in B-17 42-29895 'Black Swan'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1975 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH, GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Robert Cosgrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Norman Eatinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base. POW

  • David Gladhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Gladhart was severely wounded in the left upper forearm by 20 mm cannon fire on 21-May-43 but eventually recovered to resume flying on 16-Jul-43. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great...

  • Frederick Hutchinson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag XVII-B. ...

  • Vernon Larson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier Larson was wounded in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' during bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission.

  • William Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base. POW

  • Lawrence Murray

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Top turret / flight engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer aboard the B-17 'Connectticut Yankee'. He was on this aircraft when it led the first raid on Germany on 27-Jan-43. All 25 Combat Missions were completed. Sergeant Murray destroyed...

  • Gordon Noel

    Civilian | Left Waist Gunner, Tail Gunner; Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base. POW

  • William Pegram

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailed out during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base.

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1942

Built at Douglas.

Delivered California, USA 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned New Castle, DE 19720, USA 13 October 1942

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG 8AF USAAF.

Transited to ETO Bassingbourn, Royston SG8, UK November 1942 – 23 November 1942

Transited to ETO, arrived Bassingbourn 23-Nov-42.

Completed 25 missions Bassingbourn, Royston SG8, UK 17 May 1943

Completed 25th mission 17-May-43, a contender with Memphis Belle to return ZI for war bond tour. Completed 38 missions in total.

Crashed Bassingbourn, Royston SG8, UK 1 August 1943

Landing accident, pilot Lt Dave Gladhart 1-Aug-43. Bassingbourn.

Crashed Pett, Hastings TN35, UK 6 September 1943

Landing accident on return from Stuttgart on 38th mission, crash landed Pett Level, near Hastings, UK, out of gas 10 x RTD 6-Sep-43.

Salvaged Pett, Hastings TN35, UK 9 September 1943

Salvaged.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 18:41:50 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-2970
http://warbird-central.com/wp-content/uploads/airplanes/2011/08/42-2970.JPG
http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/unit_planelist.php?unit=32&showgroup=no

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 01:33:45 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 16:54:39 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
Sources

Updated Production block number per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-5-dl-42-2967-42-2...

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2020 14:52:23 phil marchese Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Key image chanded to show more
details.
Added manufacturer as Douglas.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2020 19:34:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space(s) to the "Summary biography" for readability and corrected a typo in the spelling of "MacDill AFB".

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2016 09:47:17 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-2970
http://warbird-central.com/wp-content/uploads/airplanes/2011/08/42-2970.JPG
http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/unit_planelist.php?unit=32&showgroup=no

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2016 17:59:44 JMurray Changes to description
Sources

My grandfather Lawrence W. Murray completed all 25 missions on this bird and is in the bottom left of this picture. They had him squat down since he was 6'6". He was also in the debriefing photograph that you do not have on this site. Lawrence W. Murray retired from the Airforce at Macdil AFB in Tampa FL as an E-9. He also completed another 50 plus combat missions in Korea. The pilot on this B-17 was the former copilot of the Memphis Belle Capt. James A. Verinis. If one is to look closely at this picture you can see the Captain's dog being held. It was a black Scottie named "Stuka".

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 16:13:00 JasonR Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Website of the 91st Bomb Group: http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/connecticutyankee.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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