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42-3040

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/1/43; 303BG Molesworth 11/4/43; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-U] Thurleigh 17/4/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 23/8/43; Missing in Action 18m Gutersloh 22/2/44 with Spencer Osterbegg, Navigator: Morris Roy, Bombardier: George Zebrowski, Radio Operator: Harry Klem, Ball turret gunner: Sam Aldridge, Waist gunner: Clay Morningstar, Waist gunner: Alex Siatkowski,Tail gunner: Jay Milowski (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John Van Beran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lambert Brostrom (2 Killed in Action); shot down by Maj Heinz Baer, and crash landed near Bexten, N of Lingen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2457. MISS QUACHITA.

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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Samuel Aldridge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Van Beran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lambert Brostrom

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Killed in Action (KIA). Killed during fighter attack.

  • Harold Klem

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jay Milowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Clayton Morningstar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Spencer Osterbegg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Spencer Osterberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Morris Roy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of Germany on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alexander Siatkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot up by a fighter and made an emergency landing north of Lingen, GR on a mission to target airfields in the Rheine/Osnabruck area of GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-3040 'Miss Ouachita'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2021 19:43:50 acbernstein1 Changes to description
Sources

AAMIB

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2021 19:32:47 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 00:31:04 Gerry Asher Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

PLANE NAMES & FANCY NOSES by Ray Bowden

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2457 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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