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42-31542

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/11/43; Spokane 22/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Wendover 7/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 27/1/44 BUNKY.
Transferred 92BG Podington 11/3/44.
323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 12/3/44.

Missing in Action 45m Lechfeld 19/7/44 with:-
Pilot: Norman Burwick,
Co-pilot: Frank Way,
Navigator: Carl Sanders,
Bombardier: Alby Steelhammer,
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Cotton,
Radio Operator: George Beltz,
Ball turret gunner: Melvin Gemmill,
Waist gunner: Harry Carlson,
Tail gunner: Gordon Smith
(9 Killed in Action) Propwash caused mid air coll with 42-107075 (91BG); tail broke off, crashed Huglfing, Oberbayen, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 7417.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-107075 Champagne Girl, Fancy Pants

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Presque Is 6/4/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 22/3/44 CHAMPAGNE GIRL; Missing in Action 45m Lechfeld 19/7/44 with Cyril Braund, Co-pilot: John Sykes, Navigator: Ken Boltz, Bombardier: John Grubka,...

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 748th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Beltz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Norman Burwick

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Harry Carlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • David Cotten

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Melvin Gemmill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Carl Sanders

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Gordon Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Albert Steelhammer

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

  • Frank Way

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mid air collision and crashed near Hughling in B-17 "Bunky", 42-31542.

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...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2021 13:52:35 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/nose_artists/starcer.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7417 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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