42-39996 Boston Bombshell

Object Number - UPL 50777 - 42-39996 "Boston Bombshell" 322nd BS, 91 BG. Nose art painted by Tony Starcer

B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' was delivered Long Beach 29-Oct-43; assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bassingbourn 14-Jan-44. Attacked by German aircraft on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack caused the left wing to catch fire and the aircraft went into a spin and crashed 330 yards south of the road between Hermannrode and Marzhausen, Germany. KIAs were buried at Hebenhausen, Germany about 1.25 miles south of crash location.7KIA 2POW MACR 8179. Aircraft logged 16 missions

P 2Lt John V. Dunlap (POW); CP F/O Joseph J Cater (KIA)
N 2Lt Herbert B. Carpenter (POW); NG/Toggelier Sgt Leslie D. Algee (KIA)
E/TTG Sgt Vincent N. Beach KIA); RO Sgt Frank J. Simone (KIA)
BTG Sgt Arthur R. Mancino (KIA); WG Sgt John W. Barclay (KIA)
TG Sgt Robert M. Paster (KIA)

NOTE: Roger A Freeman, David Osborne, and Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE, have this aircraft assigned to 322nd Bomb Squadron. However, MACR 8179 lists the crew as from 324th Bomb Squadron. It is possible that a crew assigned to 324th Bomb Squadron actually flew this aircraft assigned to 322nd Bomb Squadron. For documentation purposes here, that assumption is considered correct.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Nose Gunner/Toggelier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39277275
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-769256
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-062136
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

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Hebenshausen, 37249 Neu-Eichenberg, Germany 16 August 1944 Arracked by German fighters causing the left wing to catch on fier, went into a spin and crashed near Hebenhausen, Germany.

Revisions

Date17 Dec 2014 18:06:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added NOTE to Description based on research of MACR 8179, "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne which is the source data for the "Master Log" of David Osborne.

Date15 Dec 2014 22:05:43
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2014. Added nickname to Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date15 Dec 2014 22:04:08
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2014. Added Markings, added loss details to description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; converted dates in description to military-style signification; added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 8179; fromatted crew display.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:51
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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