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43-37913

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 29/6/44.

Missing in Action 25m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with John Stevens; enemy aircraft, exploded & crashed Haulerwijk, Holland.
Missing Air Crew Report 10837.
SEATTLE SLEEPER.

Seattle Sleeper was underway from Bassingbourn to Altenbeken in Germany. The intention was to bomb and destroy the railroad viaduct, being the vital supply line for all sorts of war goods to the Ruhr industrial district. About ten minutes before bombing the Initial Point the squadron was attacked by 40 German fighters.
The Seattle Sleeper left the battle badly battered, other planes were less lucky. During its dive from 18000 ft to about 11000 ft it managed to destroy the attacking German hunter aircraft ME-109 Messerschmitt.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Prisoner of War.

  • Mabry Barker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded.

  • Thomas Flemming

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Thomas F Flemming served as a pilot with the 323rd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. ...

  • Stanley Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded.

  • Rene Pratt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Prisoner of War.

  • Quilla Reed

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded. for 91 days in Holland. ...

  • John Stevens

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded.

  • Henry StGeorge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Richard Trombley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Evaded.

  • John Weisgarber

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 43-37913 'Seattle Sleeper. ' Prisoner of War.

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Kerkstraat 48, 8433 LK Haulerwijk, Netherlands 26 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2019 11:51:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Jaap de Boer from his website : http://www.haulerwijk.com/~seattlesleeper/Crew.html

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 23:19:44 SeattleSleeper Changes to media associations
Sources

Thomas F. Flemming collection.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 20:14:59 Dennis7423 Changes to markings
Sources

USAAF Records

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 10:58:36 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Corrected FTR location from Germany to 53° 3'38.05"N 6°18'54.94"E after correspondence with Jaap de Boer of www.haulerwijk.com/~seattlesleeper

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10837 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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