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42-31869

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Y] Bassingbourn 25/2/44; Missing in Action 2m Berlin 6/3/44 with Clyde Mason, Co-pilot: Gilbert Falck, Navigator: Bill Eberly, togg-Morris Fliegel, Radio Operator: Ron Cannon, Ball turret gunner: Vic Clifford, Waist gunner: Ralph Renzelman, Waist gunner: Jack Ney (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Perkins,Tail gunner: Don Zahler (2KIA-bodies found in wreckage); enemy aircraft, #3 exploded setting wing afire, crashed Lowendorf Hill, Trebbin, 15 miles S of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2899. HELL AND HIGH WATER.

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

  • Ronald Cannon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Made a forced landing due to poor weather SW of RAF Newmarket during a ferry flight on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31187. RTD. Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High...

  • Victor Clifford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV, Layer C, Barracks 7, Room 2. EAME w/ battle star/ AM/ POW

  • William Eberly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gilbert Falck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacked by Japanese; April 21, 1942 Joined Army Air Corps; October 20, 1942 Left home for cadet training at San Francisco, TX; ...

  • Morris Fliegel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clyde Mason

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Ney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Perkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Made a forced landing due to poor weather SW of RAF Newmarket during a ferry flight on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31187. RTD. Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High...

  • Ralph Renzelman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Zahler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by fighters just prior to the target Berlin and crshed S of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31896 'Hell and High Water'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2899 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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