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William Henry Turcotte

Military

Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III, South Compound. Forced march and traveled in train box cars to Stalag VIIA, Moosburg. Liberated by V Armored Division, 7th Army attached to 3rd Army. Flown out in Goonie Bird on VE-Day. 4 return visits to England, last 50 years later to hour & day at Moosburg and all of VE-Day commemoration. Was a reputed taxidermist and birdsong expert (See https://www.mdwfp.com/see-visit/history.aspx )

AM/ ETO w/ 1 star/ POW/ WW II VM

Service

People

  • Jarvis Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • James Bowcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #41-24453 'Mizpah/ The Bearded Beauty/ The Bearded Lady'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778, Prisoner of War (POW). POW/ Air Medal

  • Carl Chase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29778, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Victor Ciganek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 # 42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North...

  • Durell Clayton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert DiMinno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Evaded (EVD).

  • Jack Hargis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • William Keefer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leo Severson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4229778. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29778 Green Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Smoky Hill 15/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 25/4/43 GREEN FURY; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 24/8/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43. Head-on attack by a Fw190 just...

  • 42-3119 Destiny's Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Presque 28/4/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-M] Bassingbourn 4/6/43; Missing in Action on the aircraft's 5th mission - Hamburg 26/7/43 with some members of Lt Jack A. Hargis' new crew. Hargis' crew was split up to fly their...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

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 Magee, Mississippi 24 January 1917
Enlisted Jackson, Mississippi, United States 14 March 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 9 October 1943 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Poland; forced march to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. NARA's WW II POW records :"Returned to Military control 18/7/1945"...

Died Richland, Rankin County, Mississippi, United States 5 November 2000
Buried Mount Salus Cemetery, Clinton, Mississippi, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 17:43:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 09:39:22 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Linked also to aircraft 42-3119

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 897 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self; Roll of Honor; MACR 897; Contrails & Propwash December 2000, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Biship & Hey p. 192

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