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42-39803

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-Y] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; 16m Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Fewer McGee, Co-pilot: Max Sweyer, Navigator: Don Vandervelden, Bombardier: Ed Bauer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Graham, Ball turret gunner: Tom McMenamin, Waist gunner: Frank Kashock,Tail gunner: Rich Bodine (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Walt Getsey, Waist gunner: Cliff Kirkpatrick (2 Killed in Action); heavy flak barrage, crashed Sevelen, near Geldern 13 miles NW of Krefeld, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2235. THE WOLF.

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

  • Edward Bauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2235 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Bodine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2235 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Getsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). Killed attempting escape. MACR 2235 Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, PH.

  • WIlliam Graham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39803 'The Wolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Kaschok

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2235 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clifford Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2235 Awards: PH.

  • Fewer McGee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39803 'The Wolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas McMenamin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2235 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Max Sweyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2235 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Vandervelden

    Military | Master Sergeant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2235 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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 4 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2235 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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