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42-29536

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Morrison 25/3/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action 7m Hüls 22 June 1943 with Kenneth L. Brown, Co-pilot: James H. Quenin, Navigator: Vincent J. Bliley, Bombardier: James P. Feerick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: James O. Akers, Ball turret gunner: Henry M. Crain, Waist gunner: William R. Brown,Tail gunner: Raymond Litzo (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Richard O. Maculley, Waist gunner: William G. Allen (2 Killed in Action); severe fighter attacks, crashed near Furstenburg, five miles N of Dorsten, Germany. MARY RUTH - MEMORIES OF MOBILE. No known MACR - Missing Air Crew Report.

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

  • James Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Result unknown.

  • William Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 42-29536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Killed in Action (KIA). "A man from GA. with big dreams of becoming a salesman but he was KIA. RIP uncle Glenn" from Walker Allen

  • Vincent Bliley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Result unknown.

  • Kenneth Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 42-29536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile'. ...

  • William Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Result unknown.

  • Henry Crain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Result unknown.

  • James Feerick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Result unknown.

  • Raymond Litzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Maculley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #4229536 'Mary Ruth-Memories of Mobile. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bert Pierce

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Pierce was crew chief with 401 sqdn 91st BG and was awarded the Bronze Star for his invention of a tool to work on the planes' engines, His other claim to fame was being Crew Chief during the filming of 'Mephis Belle' and taxiing Eisenhower's B-17. He...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

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
19 January 2019 14:29:29 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
Chapters from John Steinbeck's "Once There Was A War" about the plane and crew (dispatches from England)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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