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42-3119

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Presque 28/4/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 4/6/43; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 5th mission - Hamburg 26/7/43 with some members of Lt Jack A. Hargis' new crew. Hargis' crew was split up to fly their first mission with crews having flown five or more missions and so, benefit from their experience. On #42-3119 that day were Pilot Jack A. Hargis, Co-pilot: Carl N. Smith, Navigator: William H. Turcotte, Bombardier: Capen R. Simons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jarvis Allen, Radio Operator: Victor Ciganek, Ball turret gunner: Rudolph A. Thigpen, Waist gunner: Gerald H. Tucker, Waist gunner: Albert Diminno, Tail gunner: James A. Bowcock. The pilot ditched the plane in the North Sea and the crew managed to leave the plane before it broke in two and sank. All ten men were rescued. Five flew rapidly off in RAF Walrus L2307 and the other five boarded a second Walrus K8549, which was too heavy to take off and had to slowly taxi back to Yarmouth Harbour. #42-3119's nickname was possibly FRISCO JINNY (named for Pilot Jack Hargis' wife), but was better known as DESTINY'S TOT.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jarvis Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • James Bowcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #41-24453 'Mizpah/ The Bearded Beauty/ The Bearded Lady'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Victor Ciganek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 # 42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North...

  • Albert DiMinno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD).

  • Jack Hargis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • Bernard Priebe

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Was once co-pilot to Capt Robert B Campbell on 'Mizpath II' #41-24497.

  • Capen Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5178 'The Old Stand', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Carl Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD).

  • Rudolph Thigpen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. RTD. Damaged by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37987 'Man O War - Horsepower Ltd' managed to return to England on two engines and crashed near...

  • Gerald Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Gerald Tucker (whose first name is often misspelled Gerold) was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-3119 when it was shot down on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. The plane ditched in the North Sea and all ten crew were saved and returned to base....

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2021 19:24:45 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added punctuation to the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2015 10:56:52 ED-BB Changes to description
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Change to nickname

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 10:23:32 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Details found by Victor Ciganek's daughter in the April 1945 issue of "The Ragged Irregulars" Newsletter

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2015 21:31:09 V York Changes to nicknames
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Airman's diary

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2015 21:27:13 V York Changes to nicknames
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Airman's diary

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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