41-24589 Texas Bronco

Object Number - UPL 50874 - Texas Bronco (41-24589 OR-R), Stupen-Taket (41-24549 OR-Q), Pennsylvania Polka (41-24544 OR-L) in tight formation. Joe Harlick Photo

B-17F 41-24589 "Texas Bronco" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-R] Dow Field, Bangor 15-Sep-42; with Gene Ellis, wrecked, while turning plane into takeoff position, tail wheel ran off runway causing tail section severed from rear bulkhead, 5-Oct-42, repaired and sent to Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; On 4-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany the target was obscured by clouds and the port area of Emden, Germany was attacked as a target of last resort. Aircraft sustained damage from flak and fighter attacks and crashlanded on the beach at Terschelling Island, Holland. 2KIA 8POW MACR 15124. Aircraft flew 6+missions. Salvaged by Luftwaffe at Utrecht, Holland.

P 1Lt Eugene B. Ellis (POW); CP 2Lt Kenneth H Futch (POW)
N 2Lt Howard N. Dunham (POW) B 1Lt Marvin H. Bleiseker (KIA)
E/TTG SSgt Anthony Gaeta (POW); RO SSgt Michael T. LaMedica (KIA)
BTG SSgt Nathan L. Floyd (POW); WG TSgt Rodney E. Demars (POW)
WG Sgt Joseph L. Mastroberadino (POW); TG SSgt William E Howard (POW)

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727077
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11035719
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728187
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-437909
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14072785
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Terschelling, Netherlands 1943-02-04 Sustained damage from flak over Emden, Germany then attacked by fighters and crash-landed on the beach at Terschelling Island, Holland.

Revisions

Date27 Jan 2015 18:04:18
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Corrected crew positions per 91st BG 323BS Daily from 3-Feb-43.

Date25 Jan 2015 20:36:46
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2014. Added Block Number and nickname per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with Davis Osborne; added note to FTR event and edited description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added Rank, Crew Position, full proper name and disposition per MACRs 3557 & 4635; formatted crew display.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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