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42-97959

B-17 Flying Fortress

Accepted: 15 April 1944
Assigned: 21 April 1944 - Continental Airlines / Boeing Modification Center - (Denver Municipal)
Assigned: 5 May 1944 - United Airlines / Boeing Modification Center #10 - (Cheyenne Municipal)
Assigned: 21 May 1944 - Air Technical Service Command / 4100th AAFBU (Fairfield Air Depot) – (Patterson AAF)
Assigned: 28 May 1944 - 2nd AF / 21st BOTW / 271st AAFBU - (Kearney AAF)
Assigned: 5 June 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - (Dow AAF)
Assigned: 8 June 1944 / 13 June 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 15 June 1944 - 8th AF / 1st BD / 1st CBW / 91st BG / 324th BS - (RAF Bassingbourn)
( Triangle-A ) ( DF * Y / Rhapsody in Red )
90 combat missions
After 1 July 1944: ( Triangle-A ) Red vertical and horizontal stabilizers ( DF * Y / Rhapsody in Red )

Assigned: 29 May 1945 - ATC / Ferry Division - (Bradley AAF)
Assigned: 31 May 1945 - ATSC / 4168th AAFBU (Oklahoma City ATSC) - (South Plains AAF)
Assigned: 28 November 1945 - RFC / Depot 41 - (Kingman AAF) - SOC.
Sold: 9 August 1946 - Martin Wunderlich Company, Jefferson City – Missouri

Service

Aircraft

Units

People

  • Roy Bertrand

    Military | Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Roy Bertrand was a gunner on 'Rhapsody in Red' of 324th Sqdn 91st BG and completed 35 missions, surviving a crash on Christmas Eve 1944. ...

  • Elmer Gettis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    34 missions. Crashed with full bomb load on 12/24/44. Sabotage. Ten planes went down on same day. Seven leads or deputy leads in the 34 missions. AM/ PH/ DFC AM 5Oak Leaf Cluster; should have rec'd DFC

  • Clifford Schultz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Schultz was radio operator/gunner on 324 Sqdn's 'Rhapsody in Red' 42-97959. Whilst she was being repaired following an operation Frank Adam's crew were assigned a brand new factory fresh B-17, 43-38946, for the 1944 Christmas Eve Merzhausen mission....

Places

  • 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...

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 17:09:36 terveurn Changes to description
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spelling

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 17:00:45 terveurn Changes to markings, aircraft associations and unit associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 16:58:54 terveurn Changes to nicknames and markings
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added basic detalis

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 16:56:41 terveurn Changes to description
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information direct from Aircraft card

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 16:33:55 terveurn Changes to place associations
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from aircraft records

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 13:07:41 phil marchese Changes to production block number and manufacturer
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Block lists at Baugher, Joe

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 22:43:53 phil marchese Changes to markings
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AAM image

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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