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Back Row - Left to Right T/Sgt. Andrew Muzik, Radio (POW 21 May 43); 2nd Lt. Ed Reynolds, Bombardier; 1st Lt. Norm Retchin, Pilot (POW 21 May 43); 2nd Lt. Stan Dahlman, Co-pilot (KIA 17 Aug 43); 2nd Lt. Bob Paulson, Navigator
Front Row - Left to Right S/Sgt. Joe Wing, Waist Gunner (KIA 21 May 43); S/Sgt. Charles Huber, Waist Gunner (POW 21 May 43); T/Sgt. Elmer Kalfsbech, Top Turret Gunner (POW 21 May 43); S/Sgt. Cloren Meade, Ball Turret Gunner (POW 21 May 43); S/Sgt. John Conrad, Tail Gunner (POW 21 May 43)

Retchin's Wretches - This crew joined the 323rd Squadron 4 April 1943 and posed for this photo on 9 April 1943. It was the third replacement crew to arrive in the 323rd. It was part of the Harris Provisional Group that arrived in England in mid-March. They had traveled the Southern route and left the states on 27 Feb 1943. This was the 59th crew trained at Bovingdon in March 1943. The crews were distributed among the original combat groups. The crew posed in front of 42-29559 (Stupntakit). They were flying in s/n 657 when seven of these crewmen were shot down over Wilhelmshaven on 21 May 1943. Lt. Dahlman was KIA on the Schweinfurt Raid 17 Aug 1943 flying on Stupntakit.

Connections

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Stanley Dahlman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Huber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29657, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Elmer Kalfsbeek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29657, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Andrew Muzik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down on 10th mission 21 May 1943 in B-17 42-29657 - Retchin's Wretches, Prisoner of War (POW) held at Stalag XVIIB, liberated 3 May 1945.

  • Norman Retchin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29657, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Wing

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29657, Killed in Action (KIA).

Aircraft

  • 42-29657

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-X] Bassingbourn 26/3/43; Missing in Action Wilhemshafen 21/5/43 with Norman Retchin, Co-pilot: John Lamberson, Navigator: Morris Floyd, Bombardier: John Byrnes, Radio Operator: Andy...

Locations

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2020 18:01:22 pamccolgan Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/retchinswretches.html

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