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B-17G-35-BO serial 42-31968, coded LN-D of the 350th BS/100th BG. Named "Miss Irish", she suffered a direct hit in the radio room on a No Ball mission to Mimoyecques on 19 March 1944; the radio operator Ed Walker fell from the ship and was lost, and gunner Frank "Bud" Buschmeier managed to splice the damaged elevator and rudder control cables back together by hand with square knots. The aircraft limped back to Raydon with no further injury to the crew; the ship was written off after only three missions.

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  • Frank Buschmeier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Missing Air Crew Report -...

  • Edward Walker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner
    B-17G#42-31968 'Miss Irish' returned from a mission to Marquise/Mimoyecques, France and made an emergency landing at Raydon after taking a direct hit from an 88mm in the radio room on 19 March 1944. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15220. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31968 Miss Irish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/1/44; Savannah 21/1/44; Morrison 2/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-D] Thorpe Abbotts 3/2/44. Battle-damaged by Flak South of Calais, France on the 19 March 1944 mission to Mimoyecques, France. 19/3/44 with Pilot John P. Gibbons, Co...

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Date Contributor Update
23 October 2017 18:38:34 lritger Created entry with collection, caption, person associations and aircraft associations
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