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Louis P Briglia


Killed in Action (KIA). Injured in ac B-17 41-24549 'Stupen-Taket' September 11, 1942, and died of wounds on November 9, 1942 at 2040 hours, the first man to lose his life in combat with the 91st.

Awarded DFC posthumously


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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


  • 41-24549 Stupen Takit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24549 'Stupen Takit was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bangor 10-Oct-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 14 missions over Hamm, Germany 4-Mar-43 The aircraft took a direct flak just after the target and exploded just minutes...


  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born California
Killed in action 11 September 1942

Died from his wounds on 9 Nov.1942 at 2040 hours, the first man to lose his life in combat with the 91st.


Date Contributor Update
26 August 2021 13:11:44 acbernstein1 Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / History of the 91st BG which shows him as a Lieutenant Bombardier, Combat Chronology Supplement p. 204 which shows him as a Sergeant pilot, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p, 494