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Morris Marvin Guttu

Military

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896.

Morris Guttu joned the National Guard in April 1940 being sent initially to Field Artillery School. He later transferred to Aviation Cadets and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 13th February 1943. He collected a brand new B-17 at Grand Island and flew it across the Atlantic arriving at Bassingbourn to join the 91st BG August 5th 1943. He flew seven missions before being shot down over Germany and being taken prisoner with three other members of his crew.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Alvah Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Allshouse

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 896. Awards: PH.

  • John Bird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 896. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Crain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Delaney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 896. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Merle Hilgert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896. Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herschel Kelley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 896. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Charles Loeber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 896. Awards: PH.

  • Edgar Richardson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in channel 6-Sep-43 in B-17 41-24497 'Mizpah II'. Returned to base. Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-29740 Tondelayo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43 - original group ship with 95th BG; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-R] RAF Alconbury; force landed Alconbury after sustaining NBD with Don Eastling 19/5/43; transferred to 337BS/96BG [AW-G]...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA 1 July 1922
Enlisted Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 2 October 1941

Fort Francis E Warren Cheyenne WY.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 9 October 1943

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 9 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Shot down Denmark 9 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Anklam, Germany. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-29740. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 896.

Discharged USAAF 12 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Grand Forks, ND, USA 17 May 2000
Buried Memorial Park South, Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, ND June 2000

Memorial Park South
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County, ND

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 14:27:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28612528?terms=42-29740
https://www.fold3.com/record/39987742-morris-m-guttu
https://www.fold3.com/page/85334085-morris-m-guttu/facts
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26102643/morris-m.-guttu

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 11:49:06 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Morris Guttu.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 10:55:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28612528?terms=42-29740
https://www.fold3.com/record/39987742-morris-m-guttu
https://www.fold3.com/page/85334085-morris-m-guttu/facts
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26102643/morris-m.-guttu

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 896 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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