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42-31091

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-O] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with Milton Wingard, Co-pilot: Bob Abresch, Navigator: Bob Sullivan, Tail gunner: Ed Chiariello (4 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Willard King, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Rutledge, Radio Operator: Ernie Cicogna, Ball turret gunner: Pat Winzey, Waist gunner: Bill Ingram (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Pegau, S of Liepzig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8920. MAGGIE.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Abresch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8920 Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Damaged

  • Fred Brown

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions on B-17's as co-pilot to 1st Lt Fred D Grinham. ...

  • Edward Chiariello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 61BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8920 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Cicogna

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8920 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • James Hodges

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Billie Ingram

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8920 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Willard King

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8920 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • James Rutledge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 11-Sep-44 in B-17 42-31091 'Maggie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8920 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 23:06:10 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/5152/edit

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:30:21 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8920 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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