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42-107205

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-F] Nuthampstead 9/4/44; 600BS [N8-F].

Request to be declared WW in July 44 was refused and ship was transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-O] Bassingbourn 9/8/44; Missing in Action 3+m Nuemunster 13/4/45 with Elbert Weeks Wounded in Action, Navigator: Lloyd Everett, Bombardier: Marvin Wachtsheim, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Saunders, Radio Operator: Bernard Bintz, Ball turret gunner: Ben Benigno, Waist gunner: Chas Librizzi,Tail gunner: Joe Albury (8 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Gilbert Willis (Killed in Action); damaged when two other B17s exploded in mid air, but force landed on a French US A/fd; Salvaged 17/4/45. THE RUPTURED DUCK.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 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...

People

  • Joseph Albury

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew bombing mission on 9/8/44 in B-17 The Ruptured Duck #42107205 crashed near Kaiserlautern RTD

  • Benjamin Benigno

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 9/8/44 flew bombing mission to Germany in The Ruptured Duck #42107205 Crashed near Kaiserlautern RTD

  • Bernard Bintz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 9/8/44 flew bombing mission in The Ruptured Duck #42107205 Crashed near Kaiserlautern and RTD

  • Lloyd Everett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew on mission 9/8/44 in The Ruptured Duck #42107205 crashed in France at an American fieldRTD

  • Charles Librizzi

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew bombing mission on 9/8/44 in The Ruptured Duck #42-107205. Crashed near Kaiserlautern RTD.

  • Marvin Nachtsheim

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew bombing mission in The Ruptured Duck on 9/8/44 and crashed near Kaiserlautern on an American Field. RTD

  • Henry Saunders

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    On 9/8/44 flew bombing mission to Germany in The Ruptured Duck #42107205 Crashed near Kaiserlautern at an American Airfield RTD

  • Elbert Weeks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew the Ruptured Duck #42107205 on 9/8/44 , hit by flak landed safely in France only 1 crew member killed.

  • Gilbert Willis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Killed while on bombing run on 9/8/44. Part of Weeks Crew the rest of the crew landed safely at an American airstrip in France. Plane was #42107205 The Ruptured Duck

  • Richard Windmueller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

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...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2018 02:57:15 timesawastin Changes to person associations
Sources

91st BG Records

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2018 02:54:21 timesawastin Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

91st BG Records

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2018 02:51:45 timesawastin Changes to person associations
Sources

91st BG Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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