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42-3111

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/43; Gore Fd 7/3/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-T] Alconbury 5/43; THE BRASS RAIL 6 missions.

Transferred 324BS/91 [DF-A1] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; Missing in Action on its 8th mission, target Emden, on 27/9/43 with Bill Pegram, Navigator: Bob Cosgrove & Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vernon Larson (drowned when chute cords tangled in fishing aids), Waist gunner: Melvin Peters who fired till the end (4 Killed in Action);

Co-pilot: Bill Martin, Bombardier: Norman Eatinger (saved by Dutch fishermen), Radio Operator: Orlo Natvig, Ball turret gunner: Paul Ayala, Waist gunner: Fred Hutchinson, Tail gunner: Gordon Noel (6 Prisoner of War);

Me 109s set #2 ablaze, pilot held controls while crew bailed over Geefsweer, near Delfzijl, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report 667. LOCAL GIRL.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Ayala

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Levi Carter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew with John Johnson and Robert Carson crews. Flew 1 missions with Bill Thomas crew. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Cosgrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Crossley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 333BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EMEA, American Campaign.

  • Norman Eatinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base. POW

  • Leonard Herman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Wounded in action 25 July 1943. Credited with shooting down 2 German Fighters and flew 25 missions with the 335th Bomb Squadron. He flew his plane back to base after the pilot was killed. After completing a War Bond Tour and training crews, he returned...

  • Frederick Hutchinson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag XVII-B. ...

  • Vernon Larson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier Larson was wounded in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' during bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission.

  • William Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl', Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier in B-17 #42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee' crash landed in Sussex after crew bailout during 6 September 1943 Stuttgart mission. Returned to base. POW

  • Orlo Natvig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3111 'Local Girl'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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
Manufactured GEEFSWEER 27 September 1943

Picture of the wreck: https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/airwar-ww2-the-pilots.54010/page-2...

Crashed Delfzijl, Netherlands 27 September 1943 – 27 September 1943

Missing in Action 8m Emden 27/9/43. Bf109's set #2 ablaze, pilot held controls while crew bailed over Emscr Geefsweer, near Delfzijl, Holland. (6 x POW, 4 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 667.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 17:53:08 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 11:09:18 Snautzer Changes to events
Sources

https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/airwar-ww2-the-pilots.54010/page-2...

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:34:38 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 14:14:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 667 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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