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42-31353

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 12/11/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] Bassingbourn 20/12/43; Missing in Action 18+m Berlin 29/4/44 with Jim Purdy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Fischer, Ball turret gunner: Lou Carusello, Waist gunner: George Johnson, Tail gunner: Ray Rybarski (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Garfield, Navigator: Paul Bunchuk, Bombardier: John Welch, Radio Operator: Emile Bianchi, Waist gunner: Don Itschner (5 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3 & #4 followed by fire, ship then crashed Kladow, Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4236. QUEENIE.

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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Emile Bianchi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231353 'Queenie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Bunchuk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231353 'Queenie. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Louis Carusello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231353 'Queenie. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Fischer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231353 'Queenie. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Gatfield

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4231353 'Queenie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leon Haas

    Military | Armourer
    Leon T Haas served as an armourer with the 91st BG servicing several aircraft

  • Gaylord Henryson

    Military | Ground Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Donald Itscener

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31353 'Queenie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-31353 'Queenie. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Arlon Nessa

    Military | Aircraft Mechanic | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Arlon was a crew chief and had three other mechanics assigned to him, responsible for maintenance of one B-17 bomber. While armorers, radio specialists and sheet metal workers performed specific functions on aircraft, Arlon and his crew were...

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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 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2018 15:45:43 Lucy May Changes to description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Removed transfer to 323rd Bomb Squadron from Dave Osborne's text (323BS [OR-Q];) as the fate of the aircraft and crew is recorded in the 322nd Bomb Group dailies for the mission of 29 April 1944:
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322nd1944.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4236 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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