42-5051 Barrel House Bessie

Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Assigned 2BG New Castle, force landed base with Onas Matz 25/3/43; Dow Fd 11/6/43; transferred 303BG Molesworth 1/11/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-M] Chelveston 2/11/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-M] Grafton Underwood 26/7/43. Missing in Action on the 26 November 1943 mission to Bremen. Major William F. Gilmore, Co-pilot: Donald S. Morrison, Navigator: Floyd H. Ohlson, Bombardier: Earl C. Mason, Radio Operator: Nathan Striesfeld, Ball turret gunner: Donald L. Engwer, Waist gunner: Joseph E. Burger (7 Returned to Duty). Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Maurice V. Henry, Waist gunner: James F. Bucher, Tail gunner: Albert M. Schamber (3 Killed in Action). Flak, ditched North Sea, off UK. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1579. BARREL HOUSE BESSIE.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13067778
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32373835
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36255285
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron 812th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14006633 at enlistment, then O-406671
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37205337
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

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Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

North Sea 1943-11-26

Revisions

Date8 Feb 2019 09:40:54
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 1579

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:52
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1579 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database