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42-29711

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Gulfport 18/3/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Presque Is 10/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Q] Bassingbourn 17/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; mid-air collision with 42-29733 15 miles from Lowestoft with Reino Grondahl 6/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-V] Bassingbourn 29/8/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Chas Pinning, Co-pilot: Ed Tomer, Navigator: Walt Cavanaugh, Bombardier: Dale Engell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Robinson, Radio Operator: Rudy Olague, Ball turret gunner: Joe Bielecki, Waist gunner: Vince White, Waist gunner: Joe Arasimowicz, Tail gunner: Joe Carrasquillo (10 Killed in Action); shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, off Danish island of Falster, Den. Missing Air Crew Report 894. SALTY'S NATURALS II.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Arasimowicz

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 42-29711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Bielecki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 42-29711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Carrasquillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Cavanaugh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dale Engell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 42-29711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action.

  • Rudy Olague

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29711. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Pinning

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). Plane was 'Chief Sly III'

  • John Robinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Tomer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Vincent White

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229711. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

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...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2021 20:25:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 13:32:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Associated mission from source : http://www.airmen.dk/p238.htm

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 894 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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