41-24639 Careful Virgin

Object Number - UPL 19609 - Boeing B-17F-27-BO Flying Fortress 'The Careful Virgin' 41-24639 code OR-W of the 91st bomb group 323rd BS.

Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m AFSC for Aphrodite operations, Azon radio guided [Mothership B-24 44-40277] operation against V-1 site at Mimoyecques with Lt Cornelius A Engel & T/Sgt Clifford A Parsons of 385BG 4/8/44, but exploded before reaching target. Control crew had baled out over UK. THE CAREFUL VIRGIN.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Mechanic and Instrument Specialist
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 16079469 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ground Crew; Mechanic

Places

Missions

  • Date: 4 August 1944

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "The Shamrock Special" of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Shamrock Special
  • Unit: VIII Air Force Service Command 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Miss Used
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Boise, ID, USA 1942-09-16 wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, repaired. Boise 16/9/42.

Other

AFCE fitted

Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1944-03-08 First in 91st BG to have Automatic Flight Control Equipment fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44.

Crashed

Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK On return from sortie, with combat damage and no braking, in collision with B-17 42-29591 causing rear fuselage of '591' to be written off.

Crashed

Mimoyecques, 62250, France 1944-08-04 Aphrodite operation against V-1 site at Mimoyecques with Lt Cornelius A Engel & T/Sgt Clifford A Parsons of 385BG 4/8/44, but exploded before reaching target. Control crew had baled out over UK.

Revisions

Date17 May 2022 18:42:37
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date20 Jul 2021 01:31:31
Contributoracbernstein1
Date22 Dec 2015 14:36:30
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date22 Dec 2015 13:04:28
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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