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42-102504

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 11/5/44.

Loading List for Operational Mission on 1 January 1945 to Kassel.
Pilot 1st Lt. Ondrovic, John J. O-745162;
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Potters, Robert O-10366342;
Navigator 1st Lt. Limm, Paul J. O-723118;
Bombardier T/Sgt. Wingard, Mervin R. 33284696;
Engineer / Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt. Simons, George R. 15081965;
Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt. Glenn, Frank S. 39411090;
Radio Operator S/Sgt. Hicks, Billy P. 18242191;
Waist Gunner S/Sgt. Whittle, Ben W. 39609565;
Tail Gunner S/Sgt. Ballou, Donald T. 17169840.

Missing in Action 107m Stendahl 8/4/45 with Peter Pastras, Co-pilot: Bob Morris, Navigator: George Latches, tog-Don Lemons, Ball turret gunner: Edgar Harrell, Waist gunner: George Wong,Tail gunner: Bob O. Smith (7 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lyle Jones, Radio Operator: Bob A. Smith (2 Prisoner of War); flak hits, exploded in mid air; Missing Air Crew Report 14295. Named by ground crew as: TIMES A-WASTIN'.

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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Chryst

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Paul Chryst enlisted in the Air Corps in August 1942. After training and his commission as a 2nd Lt he was sent overseas and assigned to the 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron as a Bombardier. He was promoted to 1st Lt and flew 35 combat missions...

  • Roy Fratz

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Crew Chief; Ground Crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Edgar Harrell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Stendal in B-17 'Times A-Wastin' #42102504

  • Lyle Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Stendahl on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 'Times A-Wastin' #42102504 PH, AM, POW, GCM

  • George Latches

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Stendahl in B-17 'Time A-Wastin' #42102504

  • Donald Lemons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Stendahl in B-17 'Time A-Wastin' #42102504

  • Robert Morris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Stendahl in B-17 'Time A-Wastin' #42102504

  • Peter Pastras

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Stendahl in B-17 'Time A=Wastin' #42102504

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    28 missions--shot down on 28th mission (Stendaalger); Lyle Jones & myself were the only crew members to safely bail out. Prisoner of War (POW) in B-17 'Times A-Wastin' #42102504 AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster; PH; EAMEC; 3BS; GC; Wings POW

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Stendahl in B-17 'Time A-Wastin'#42102504

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Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 12:58:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/401st1945dailies.html

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2015 04:56:31 timesawastin Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

Gary Hall

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2015 01:16:54 tfratz Changes to markings
Sources

Bert Stiles flew several missions as Co-Pilot on Sam Newton's crew. Stiles was the author of "Serenade To The Big Bird"

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2015 01:10:31 tfratz Changes to nicknames, markings and person associations
Sources

Information came from my Father Roy H. Fratz who was Crew Chief for Times A-Wastin'.
See also "Plane Names & Fancy Noses" by Ray Boden.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14295 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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