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42-5724

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 9/10/42; Wayne 14/11/42; Salina 19/1/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 23/3/43; Missing in Action 9m St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Ed Brodnax, Co-pilot: John Kaufman, Navigator: Bill Deal, Bombardier: Bill Lakey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gustav Lund, Radio Operator: Ken Dunbar, Waist gunner: Jim Wright, Ball turret gunner: John Mikkelson (8 Killed in Action), Waist gunner: John Smith, Tail gunner: Virgil Anderson (2 Prisoner of War); KO’d by heavy flak, ditched Channel, survivors picked up by French. Missing Air Crew Report 15710. (possibly MARNITA earlier) THUNDERBIRD No. 2.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Virgil Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel. As one of only 2 survivors who were rescued by French fishermen, he became a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Baird

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    James D. Baird enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 15 Mar 1941 at MacDill Field in Florida before the US entered WWII. He flew 24 missions with the 91st Bomb Group before being promoted to Captain. Baird transferred to the 92nd Bomb Group on August 4,...

  • Edward Brodnax

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 28 June 1943, on a mission to St. Nazaire, Edward Brodnax was flying B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2' when it was hit by heavy, accurate flak. The aircraft went down in the English Channel and Brodnax died. There were only 2 survivors who...

  • William Deal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Kenneth Dunbar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Kaufmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). On mission to St. Nazaire in B-17 #42-5724 28 June 1943 was hit by heavy, accurate flak. Went down in the English Channel with only 2 survivors who were rescued by French fishermen. Kaufmann's name is commemorated on the Tablets...

  • William Lahey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird/ Marnita No. 2. ' Plane ditched in Channel, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gustav Lund

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Mikkelson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5724 'Thunderbird / Marnita No. 2'. Plane ditched in Channel, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On mission to St. Nazaire in B-17 #42-5724 28 June 1943 was hit by heavy, accurate flak. Went down in the English Channel. As one of the 2 survivors who were rescued by French fishermen, became a 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 28 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2021 12:37:07 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
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AAMIB

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 22:07:22 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 20:54:25 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
Sources

Added the Production block number per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-5-ve-42-5710-42-5...

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 16:52:33 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Marnita. (CORRECTION)

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 16:51:15 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM associated image has aircraft displaying Martina No.2 on forward nose ( port side).

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 16:47:57 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Typo (spelling) only.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 16:47:41 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
Sources

Updated Production block # per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-5-ve-42-5710-42-5...

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2021 16:44:10 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 19:00:32 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings
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AAM associated image.
See also images of No 2.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 16:01:41 dan35 Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/pertes_usaaf_finiste...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15710 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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