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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-D] Bangor 30/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; battle damaged Ludwigshafen 22/3/43 with Chas Cliburn, who brought her back to crash landed RAF Lt Horwood, (10 Returned to Duty); 42m Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; en route from from UK to Dallas, US, 3/5/44 with Bob Lewis, Co-pilot: Bill Gates, Navigator: Wes Cofer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Howe, Radio Operator: Bob Knap, pass:- Capt Gerald Carverinj, Lts Emmett Gilbert (inj), Hugh Midgett, Bob Connor, Jack Compf, Dan Teschworth (11 Returned to Duty); power failure caused force landed two miles W of Kraffi, Ivory Coast 3/5/44; repaired and Returned to the USA for war bond tour. TAURUS aka THE SAD SACK.



  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • Jefferson James

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) 23 Jan 1943 died of wounds on mission to Lorient, France to bomb the Koramin Submarine Base, in B-17 #41-24504 piloted by Lieutenant Fisher.


  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Washington, USA 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth SG8, UK 30 August 1942

Assigned 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Horwood, Bideford EX39, UK 22 March 1943

Crash landed RAF Horwood due to battle damage, pilot Lt Charles Cliburn.

Crashed Côte d'Ivoire 3 May 1944

Force landed two miles W of Kraffi, Ivory Coast due to power failure 3-May-44.

Returned ZI United States July 1944

Repaired and returned to US for war bond tour.


Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 20:08:09 acbernstein1 Changes to markings

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 02:54:24 CastleBren Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

91st Bomb Group records
Online Collection

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25 April 2017 20:17:10 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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25 April 2017 20:16:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

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