Geschichte der B-17 #41-2420 / Bessie the Jap Basher

Delivered Salt Lake Strategic Arms Depot (SAD) 20-Nov-41; Assigned 42BS/11BG 15-Dec-41; Hickam Field, HI 22-Jul-42; shot down and ditched Doma Cove, near Henderson Field, Guadalcanal 24-Sep-42 with Capt Charles E. Norton, Co-pilot: Bruce Barker, Navigator: Leo Eminger, Bombardier: Jim Mathewson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Hotard, Radio Operator: Peter Novak, Ball turret gunner: Fred Croyle, Waist gunner: Bruce Osborne,Tail gunner: Ed Carroll (9KIA*); at least two inc. possibly Norton and Osborne, who were executed, the latter’s bones found by Seebees Jan/44. Rest* probably drowned after impact. BESSIE THE JAP BASHER. Missing Air Crew Report 15098. Never served in the UK.

Crew 41-2420 / Bessie the Jap Basher

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTCharles E. NortonPOWexecuted
CP1LTBruce S. BarkerKIA
BOMBSGTJamesKIA
ROS/SGTPeter F. NovakKIA
BTS/SGTFred S. CroyleKIA
WGS/SGTWilliam L. HotardKIA
WGSGTBruce W. OsborneKIA
TGPVTEdward A. CarrollKIA

- Werbung/Advertisement -

    Leave a comment



    ** = Deine Email bleibt geheim / Your email will not published.