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42-38006

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Gr Island 1/12/43; Presque Is 17/12/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bassingbourn 8/1/44; 21m Missing in Action Kassel 19/4/44 with Stan Swensum, Co-pilot: Leon Lindroth, Navigator: Jim Caravolas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Stevens, Radio Operator: Theo Bacho, Ball turret gunner: Amos Anderson, Waist gunner: Charles Gessnor, Waist gunner: Edwin Arnett (8 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Ernie Bunte,Tail gunner: Mike Schumacher (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d three engines, set on fire and ship exploded on way down to crash near Waldkappel, 20 miles SE of Kassel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4046. HOOSIER HOT SHOT.

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • Amos Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Kassel, Germany on 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4238006 'Hoosier Hot Shot. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edwin Arnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Kassel, Germany on 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4238006 'Hoosier Hot Shot. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Theodore Bacho

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Ernest Bunte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Kassel, Germany on 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4238006 'Hoosier Hot Shot. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Caravelas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Charles Gessmor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Kassel, Germany on 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4238006 'Hoosier Hot Shot. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Kerr

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Kerr was a B-17 pilot with the 91st Bomber Group at Bassingbourn during the war. ...

  • Leonard Lindroth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Kassel, Germany on 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4238006 'Hoosier Hot Shot. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Schumacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down over Kassel, Germany on 19 April 1944 in B-17 42-38006 'Hoosier Hot Shot. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Anthony Starcer

    Military | Corporal | Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Painted the nose art on the Memphis Belle after orginal artist died. Starcer was a nose artist extraordinaire ! ...

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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 19 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2021 21:49:11 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and person associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 19:57:46 Tbachojr Changes to description
Sources

Misspell of Radio Operator Bache to correct spelling Bacho

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4046 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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