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42-31367

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] Bassingbourn 25/1/44; Missing in Action 50+m Caen 8/8/44 with Jack Thompson, Co-pilot: Dave Nelson, Navigator: Chas Bacigalupa*, Bombardier: Chas Sherrill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Kortebein (Korthbein?), Radio Operator: Blake Treece, Ball turret gunner: Warren Godsey, Waist gunner: Dick Collins,Tail gunner: Gerald Gillies (9 Killed in Action); flak hit in fuselage and blew aircraft in half, crashed Gelnannes, S of Alencon, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 8079. (* one record gives nav as Prisoner of War). CHOW-HOUND.

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

  • Charles Bacigalupa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes in B-17 'Chow Hound' #42-31367, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Collins

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes in B-17 Chow Hound #4231367

  • Maynard Frey

    Military | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Maynard Frey was co-pilot with Charles Bell on "Superstitious Aloysuis" for several missions. Upon Bell's recommendation, Frey took over "Chowhound" after Jerry Newquist finished his tour. After completing his B-17 missions Frey volunteered to fly the...

  • Gerald Gillies

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes in B-17 Chow Hound #4231367

  • Warren Godsey

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes in B-17 Chow Hound #4231367

  • Leon Haas

    Military | Armourer
    Leon T Haas served as an armourer with the 91st BG servicing several aircraft

  • Henry Kortebein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes on 8/8/44 in B-17 Chow Hound #4231367. Body recovered by US team in 2004 and identified in 2006. Body returned to family and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 2006.

  • Roland Michel

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Aircraft B-17 #4231367 'Chow Hound. 'Also tail gunner on board #46596 'Sweet Dish'. Plane badly damaged on mission on 5 December 1944. Three crew members bailed out and were captured. Rest of crew, including Michel stayed on board and pilot was able to...

  • David Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes on 8/8/44 in B-17 Chow Hound. Body discovered in 2004 and identified in 2006. Body returned to family and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Charles Sherrill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Gelnannes in B-17 Chow Hound #4231367

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 8 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8079 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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