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William A Bispham

Military

Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Everett Bragg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642 Awards: PH.

  • Albert Cahill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642 Awards: PH.

  • Casimir Chester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Roy Dudgeon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642 Awards: PH.

  • Edwin Grogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 97th Bomb Group
    Edwin Frances Grogan, originally of Turners Falls, MA, served in the 414 Bomb Squadron, and was killed in action over Foggia Italy on 7 September 1943 in B-17 Flying Fortress 41-24342. ...

  • Dan Grover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Downed by flak over Foggia in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; A/C exploded, baled out or blown clear. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Myron Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Downed by flak over Foggia in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; A/C exploded, blown clear. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 642 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH (OLC), GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Rhodes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down on B-17 41-24342 'Stink Jr' on 7 September 1943, on a mission to Foggia, Italy. The aircraft received a direct flak hit, which tore the wing off. The aircraft exploded, but Rhodes survived the crash and was taken Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Morton Schlesinger

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 414BS, 97BG, 12AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642 Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force


    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24342 'Stinky Jr'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bovingdon 8/42; 414BS/97BG Polebrook 24/8/42; transferred Maison Blanche, Alg. 20/11/42; Missing in Action Foggia 7/9/43 with Bill Bispham, Pilot: Everett Blogg, Navigator: Glenn J. Rhodes Jr., Co-pilot: Dan Grover, Flight engineer/top...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pinellas County, Florida 10 April 1921
Died Foggia, Italy 7 September 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Foggia mission in B-17 41-24342 'Stinky' 7-Sep-43; Downed by flak, A/C exploded over Foggia, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 642

Buried American Legion Cemetery Tampa Hillsborough County, FL 1948

Re-Interred
American Legion Cemetery
Tampa,
Hillsborough County, FL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 12:36:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28599840
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9620787/william-a_-bispham

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