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B-17F 41-24544 "Pennsylvania Polka" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Oct-42; Shot down 4-Feb-43 by fighters 12 miles NW of the tip of Terschelling Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. The marshalling yards were obscured by clouds and the port area of Emden, Germany was attacked as a target of last resort. 10KIA MACRS 3557 & 4635. Flew 7+ missions

P 1Lt Alan L. Bobrow (KIA) CP 1Lt John J. Sanders (KIA)
N 1Lt Everett L Clinard, Jr. (KIA); B 1Lt Norman L. Andrews (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Paul L. Bass (KIA); RO TSgt Cyril E. Curb (KIA)
BTG TSgt Bill J. Wheeler (KIA); WG Charles E. Blackburn (KIA)
WG SSgt Lewis J. Fredericks (KIA); TG Sgt Edwin R. Campbell (KIA)

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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

  • Alan Bobrow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamm, Germany in B-17 41-24544 'Pennsylvania Polka' 4-Feb-43; attacked by fighters, crashed in North Sea near Terschelling Island. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3557 & 4635 Awards: AM, PH.

Aircraft

  • 41-24544 Pennsylvania Polka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24544 "Pennsylvania Polka" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Oct-42; Shot down 4-Feb-43 by fighters 12 miles NW of the tip of Terschelling Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards...

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Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 17:53:12 aschalmers Created entry with collection and caption
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