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41-24431

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bangor 27/8/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; detailed mechanical trip to Honington, Sfk. 16/2/43 but crashed on attempted t/o with Earl Riley, Co-pilot: Earl Dosier, Navigator: Roy Schwendiman, Bombardier: Edwin Bush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Noah Kirk, Radio Operator: Bob Lee, obs-Lt Harry Beasley, (7 Returned to Duty), 5m Salvaged. THE SAINT.

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

  • Harold Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Beasley's crew claimed to shoot down 4 German fighters on a mission over Paris on 4 April 1943, they then claimed a further fighter on a mission over Antwerp the following day. ...

  • Edwin Bush

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to...

  • Earl Dosier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17F 41-24431 'The Saint' was involved in an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

  • Noah Kirk

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4229540. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. ...

  • Robert Lee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 was in an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

  • Earl Riley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Earl Riley served as a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Bassingbourn, England. On 12 February 1943, he was piloting B-17F 41-24431 when there was a taxiing accident on the runway due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. ...

  • Ray Schwendiman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17F 41-24431'The Saint'. Accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2017 12:23:22 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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