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41-24527

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL- ] Bangor 6/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; 1m transferred 324BS [DF-Y]; Missing in Action 27+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Munger, Co-pilot: Dave Gladhart, Navigator: John Brickley, Bombardier: Tony Kalupy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Latta, Radio Operator: Howie Schultz, Ball turret gunner: Arnold Musum, Waist gunner: Bob Blair, Waist gunner: Bernie Bedrock, Tail gunner: Rich Teague (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4, smoking as it dropped further behind crashed Waldeschaff, six miles E of Aschaffenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 274. THE SKY WOLF aka GREAT SPECKLED BIRD.

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • Bernard Bedrock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Aug-43 in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' on mission to Schweinfurt ball bearing plant. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Blair

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Brickley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), ...

  • David Gladhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Gladhart was severely wounded in the left upper forearm by 20 mm cannon fire on 21-May-43 but eventually recovered to resume flying on 16-Jul-43. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great...

  • Anthony Kalupy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Latta

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Morgan

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Pilot of the 'Memphis Belle', named for Margaret Polk. ...

  • William Munger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arnold Musum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 18:41:02 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 01:53:54 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/nose_artists/starcer.html

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 01:52:55 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/nose_artists/starcer.html

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 03:06:38 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 20:45:19 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 274 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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