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Nathan M Corman


23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24506 'The Shiftless Skunk' while serving as Pilot. Crashed near Watford/Leavesden on returning from a mission. He hit a pylon on the crash landing killing five crew members. Plane had been attacked by fighters.


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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 41-24506 The Shiftless Skonk

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B17-F 41-24506 'The Shiftless Skonk; was assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Despatched on 23-Nov-1942 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The Group was unable to bomb because of 10/10 cloud cover and headed...


  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

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
Crashed Leavesden Aerodrome, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 7BZ, UK 23 November 1942

Crashed at Leavesden, UK attempting to make an emergency landing. RTD.


Date Contributor Update
26 August 2021 13:20:29 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2016 22:26:22 John H Changes to service number


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 19:34:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 2-Dec-2014. All changes based on 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces' Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 21:00:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 7-Nov-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & john A. Hey MBE

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:28 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. One by Bishop and Hey, p. 49