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42-29778

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 18/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Smoky Hill 15/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 25/4/43 GREEN FURY; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 24/8/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43. Head-on attack by a Fw190 just before the I.P. (Initial Point). Number 3 engine caught fire and the aircraft left formation. Later, all 4 engines were seen starting to burn and to crash close to Neu Brandenburg, Germany, some 40km SW of the target at Anklam
Pilot Alexander W. Stewart; Radio Operator: Robert J. Smith; Ball turret gunner: William J. Keefer; Left Waist gunner: Durell Clayton; Right Waist gunner: Leonard A. Waldron; Tail gunner: Carl I. Chase Jr (6 Killed in Action). Co-pilot: Donald L. Strunk; Navigator: William H. Turcotte; Bombardier: James R. Brown; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo R. Severson (4 Prisoners of War). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 897.

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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • 338th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778, Prisoner of War (POW). POW/ Air Medal

  • Carl Chase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Durell Clayton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Keefer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leo Severson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alexander Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Strunk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Turcotte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III, South Compound. Forced march and traveled in train box cars to Stalag VIIA,...

  • Leonard Waldron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778, 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...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 08:57:03 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 897

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 897 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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