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42-40000

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 29/10/43. Gr Island 12/11/43. Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-F] Bassingbourn 4/1/44.

Missing in Action Hamm 22/4/44 with 2 killed in action:-
Capt Harvey Hesse;
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Charles Williams.

and 9 taken Prisoner of war:-
Co-pilot: Maj. Charles Lee;
Navigator: John Ryan(401BS);
Navigator: Jay Suldan;
Bomabrdier: Capt Prevost Marshall;
Radio Operator: Fred Snavely;
Ball turret gunner: Harlan Bunn;
Waist gunner: John Guy;
Waist gunner: Leonard Sterle;
Tail gunner: 2nd Lt. Francis C. Krahling

Flak KO’d #3, gas tank exploded & crashed Korbecke, 19 miles SE of Hamm, Germany.
Missing Air Crew Report 4259.

Of course other crew members flew in this aircraft at other times.

"QUAD ZERO" then "JUST NOTHING".

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

  • Harlan Bunn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-17 #42-40000 "Just Nothing". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Detterline

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

  • Donald Frans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • John Guy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-17 #42-40000 "Just Nothing". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harvey Hesse

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-17 #42-40000 "Just Nothing". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Krahling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-17 #42-40000 "Just Nothing". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Lee

    Military | Major | Pilot; Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Charles D. Lee flew with the 93rd BG in 1943 and then transferred to the 91st BG on 24 January 1944. Became Group Operations Officer on 7 February 1944 in the 91st BG. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-17 #42-40000 "Just Nothing". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Prevost Marshall

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Arrived in England in July 1943. Shot down on 10th mission over Hamm (Ruhr) on 22 April 1922 in B-17 #42-40000 "Just Nothing". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Warren Mosley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner/Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Warren Mosley was born in the small town of Cedartown, Georgia. Entered the Army Air Corps in Jan. 1943 and ended up stationed in Bassingborn, England. He returned to the U.S. And was later Honorably Discharged in Sept. 1945.

  • William Rasmussen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3060 'Hell's Belle', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 311

    22 April 1944

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 22 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2021 00:43:20 acbernstein1 Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/justnothing.html

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2021 18:17:01 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 10:18:03 ED-BB Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4259

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2020 11:59:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

MACR 4259

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4259 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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