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41-24589

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24589 "Texas Bronco" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-R] Dow Field, Bangor 15-Sep-42; with Gene Ellis, wrecked, while turning plane into takeoff position, tail wheel ran off runway causing tail section severed from rear bulkhead, 5-Oct-42, repaired and sent to Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; On 4-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany the target was obscured by clouds and the port area of Emden, Germany was attacked as a target of last resort. Aircraft sustained damage from flak and fighter attacks and crashlanded on the beach at Terschelling Island, Holland. 2KIA 8POW MACR 15124. Aircraft flew 6+missions. Salvaged by Luftwaffe at Utrecht, Holland.

P 1Lt Eugene B. Ellis (POW); CP 2Lt Kenneth H Futch (POW)
N 2Lt Howard N. Dunham (POW) B 1Lt Marvin H. Bleiseker (KIA)
E/TTG SSgt Anthony Gaeta (POW); RO SSgt Michael T. LaMedica (KIA)
BTG SSgt Nathan L. Floyd (POW); WG TSgt Rodney E. Demars (POW)
WG Sgt Joseph L. Mastroberadino (POW); TG SSgt William E Howard (POW)

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

  • Marvin Beiseker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany (last resort) then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. Beiseker was...

  • Rodney Demars

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s...

  • Howard Dunham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down on 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany (last resort) then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. The pilots...

  • Eugene Ellis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down on February 4, 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany (last resort) then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. The pilots crash...

  • Nathan Floyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s...

  • Kenneth Futch

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Co-Pilot. Damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany (last resort) then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. The pilots crash landed on...

  • Anthony Gaeta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F #41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, German (last resort) then attacked by German fighters, ME 110s...

  • William Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Tail Gunner Prisoner of War (POW). Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. The...

  • Michael La Medica

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 4 February 1943 in B-17F #41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Radio Operator. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Joseph Mastroberardino

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down on 4-Feb-43 in B-17F 41-24589 "Texas Bronco" while serving as Waist Gunner. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

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) Terschelling, Netherlands 4 February 1943

Sustained damage from flak over Emden, Germany then attacked by fighters and crash-landed on the beach at Terschelling Island, Holland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 18:04:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Corrected crew positions per 91st BG 323BS Daily from 3-Feb-43.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 20:36:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2014. Added Block Number and nickname per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with Davis Osborne; added note to FTR event and edited description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added Rank, Crew Position, full proper name and disposition per MACRs 3557 & 4635; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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