42-97519 Spirit of Billy Mitchell

Object Number - UPL 50859 - The Spirit of Billy Mitchell (42-97519 LL-A) 401st BS, 91st BG Photo contributed by Joe Harlick

Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 12/2/44; Missing in Action 19m Kassel 19/4/44 with Sam Evans*, Co-pilot: Dick Thompson*, Bombardier: Tom Harper, Ball turret gunner: Bob Kasch, Waist gunner: Hugh Winfree, Waist gunner: Alf Scelza* (6POW- *wia taken to Melsungen Hospital); Navigator: Harry Levin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Saffell, Radio Operator: Phil Del Torto, Tail gunner: Bob Schupp (4 Killed in Action); hit by many Me 109’s and crashed S of Herlefeld, 18 miles SE of Kassel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4048. SPIRIT OF BILLY MITCHELL.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-683915
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1944-04-19

Revisions

Date2 Jan 2021 22:13:01
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the "Summary biography" sections of several crew including the Pilot “Sam L Evans”.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:13
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4048 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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