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42-29741

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Gt Falls 17/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 15/4/43; transferred 368BS/306BG [BO-V] Thurleigh 17/4/43; 324BS/91BG [DF-F/D/P] Bassingbourn 11/9/43; battle damaged over Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Lt Christensen wia-died next day, cp Lt Mendelsohn brought ship back to crash landed at RAF Tangmere and slammed into tree;

After long repair returmed to base and transferred 401BS [LL-D] before re-ass. to AFSC 6/4/44;

Returned to the USA Tinker 29/4/44; Winston Salem 5/22/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Bush Fd 15/5/45. CORN STATE TERROR.

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...

People

  • Neil Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Air Gunner, Togglier/Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30832, Prisoner of War (POW). He was a POW from 26 Nov 1943 to 04 May 1945 at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW) no. 100388. POW

  • Homer Chatfield

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Assisted wounded ball turret gunner S/Sgt Walter J Molzon with 1st aid dressing during running fight with Me109's on return from Schweinfurt in B-17 42-29741. 14-Oct-43 ...

  • Harold Christensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Merseburg. A/C B-17F 42-29741 suffered engine failure en route to target, which would not feather, aborted and as a lone A/C endured sustained running battle with Me109's. Having...

  • Lloyd Derousse

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Homuth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Stuart Mendelsohn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. After his pilot Lt Harold R Christensen was fatally incapacitated returning battle damaged from Schweinfurt in B-17 42-29741, Mendelsohn brought the ship and crew back to crash land at RAF Tangmere 14-Oct-43. 28 x...

  • Walter Molzon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Wounded during running fight with Me109's on return from Schweinfurt in B-17 42-29741 exited ball turret to get dressing applied by bombardier 1st Lt Homer E Chatfield, returned to turret to continue the fight. 14...

  • James Sweeley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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...

  • Tangmere

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1917-18 as an RAF Training Depot Station (TDS), Tangmere was handed over to the US Army Air Service (USAAS) as a TDS for large Handley Page (HP) 0/400 bombers. ...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2021 19:00:17 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

AAMIB

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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