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41-24571

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 323BS/91BG Bangor 14/9/42; West Palm Beach 24/11/42; transferred MTO 97BG Biskra, Alg. 1/43; 49BS/2BG 14/11/3; Massicault, Tun 14/11/43; Missing in Action Steyr, Aus. 24/2/44 with Harry Meyer, Co-pilot: Ralph Sneedon, Navigator: John McTeague, Bombardier: Ralph Karsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Hughes, Radio Operator: Kinnon Taylor, Waist gunner: Leroy Dunn (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Edwin Jackson, Waist gunner: Webb Digh, Tail gunner: John McMullin (3KIA, buried in forest near Moosbach, Austria); s/d, no chutes seen, crashed near Hocheck. Missing Air Crew Report 2619. INDIANAPOLIS WAR BIRD.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Webb Digh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2619.

  • Edwin Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2619.

  • Ralph Karsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2619.

  • John McMullin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2619.

  • John McTeague

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2619.

  • Harry Meyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 'INDIANAPOLIS WAR BIRD' on mission to Steyr, Aus. MACR 2619.

  • Ralph Sneeden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2619.

  • Kinnon Taylor

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Feb 1944 in B-17 #41-24571 ‘Indianapolis War Bird' on mission to Steyr, Aus, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2619.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 04:15:02 jmoore43 Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
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Added "Production block number" and A/C manufacturer per info on the 49th BS (2 BG) website.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2020 03:48:51 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a unit connection to the 15th AF.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 04:45:04 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a connection to the 49th BS mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 04:41:11 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 23:27:56 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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