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42-31672

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG Bassingbourn 23/1/44; Missing in Action 6m Stuttgart 20/3/44 with Frank Turk, Co-pilot: Franklin Whitcomb, tog-Chester Knowles, ttg-Dale Jackson, Ball turret gunner: Edmond Vogler, Waist gunner: Norman Pero, Waist gunner: Neil Gillis,Tail gunner: Tom Lardin (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Don Stairs (evaded capture – helped by French underground and back to UK 21/5/44); Navigator: Jim Grube (Killed in Action); flak and enemy aircraft KO’d #2 plus other damage, crashed St Ouen-le-Mauger, two miles SW of Bacqueville, 11 miles SW of Dieppe, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3411. BUCKEYE BOOMERANG II.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Neil Gillis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Grube

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dale Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Chester Knowles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Lardin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Pero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FR. Some of the crew baled out. Edited by Suzanne Siebert removed the fact he was a POW he was not...

  • Bernard Quenneville

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 338BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions between 17 july and 30 dec 43

  • Donald Stairs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Turk

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return from a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FRafter the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edmund Vogler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17G #42-31672 'Buckeye Boomerang II' left formation on the return froma mission to Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944 and exploded and crashed SW of Dieppe, FR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 March 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3411 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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