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42-5857

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 27/3/43; Nashville 8/4/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 21/5/43 with John Miller, Co-pilot: Roscoe Black, Navigator: John Ragsdale, Radio Operator: Oscar Stuart, Waist gunner: Curtiss Pope, Waist gunner: Ron Taylor (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Dave Snow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Spofford, Ball turret gunner: Francis Trahan,Tail gunner: Newell Lane (4 Prisoner of War); shot down by enemy aircraft crashed Schortens, seven miles W of Wilhelmshafen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 16136.

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • Roscoe Black

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 42-5857. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Newell Lane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Miller

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Curtiss Pope

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Ragsdale

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David Snow

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Spofford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Oscar Stuart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ronald Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Trahan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #425857. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

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 21 May 1943 – 21 May 1943

EA frontal attack, disabled, left engines on fire, went into spin ~15,000, exploded. 4 crew escaped and POW, 6 KIA. Crashed near Jevers, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2020 03:06:11 Mike McClanahan Changes to events
Sources

91 BG, local news accounts, Black family records

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2020 02:56:47 Mike McClanahan Changes to mission associations
Sources

91 BG, USAAF records

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2020 02:52:55 Mike McClanahan Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

91 BG , Black family records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16136 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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