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41-24499

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F #41-24999 'Fury' was assigned 91BG/322BS [LG-P] at Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; 3m Despatched 18-Nov-42 to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France. Upon return the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24453 (91BG) 'Mipah - The Bearded Beauty' ten miles southwest of Exter. #41-24453 landed safely at Yeovilton and was repaired and send back to 91BG. #41-24499 landed at RAF Station Turweston and was salvaged 26-Nov-1942. 11 RTD

P Major Vic Zienowicz (RTD); CP: Capt Gillespie (RTD)
N Capt Hosman (RTD); Asst. N 2Lt Ralph L. Clinton (RTD)
B Lt Hubbard (RTD); E/TTG TSgt Panero (RTD)
RO SSgt LaGrossa (RTD); BTG SSgt Butler (RTD)
WG Sgt Hackwith (RTD); WG SSgt Jackson (RTD)
TG Sgt Benecki (RTD)

Service

Aircraft

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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

  • William Benecki

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 #41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, A/C collided with #41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Unk Butler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | AR | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Ralph Clinton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 18 November 1942, while serving as Navigator, in 'Fury' B-17 #41-24499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, A/C collided with #41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed...

  • Clyde Gillespie

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 #41-24499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, A/C collided with #41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Hackwith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • R Hosman

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-24499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged....

  • Hubbard

    Military | Lieutenant | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Unk Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • LaGrossa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with 41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

  • Unk Panero

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    18 November 1942 in 'Fury' B-17 #41-2499 bombs could not be released so were jettisoned in an open field. On return, 10 miles SW of Exeter, a/c collided with #41-24553 which was able to land safely; however Fury landed at RAF Turweston and was salvaged.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 02:38:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added spaces to the "Description" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 11:37:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', Bishop and Hey.

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 19:16:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to manufacturer
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Added manufacturer per block number,

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 19:15:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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