B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-2420 / Bessie the Jap Basher

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2420 / Bessie the Jap Basher



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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.

Last updated: 8. June 2017


B-17 41-2420 / Bessie the Jap Basher Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Charles E. Norton POW executed
CP 1LT Bruce S. Barker KIA
RO S/SGT Peter F. Novak KIA
BT S/SGT Fred S. Croyle KIA
WG S/SGT William L. Hotard KIA
WG SGT Bruce W. Osborne KIA
TG PVT Edward A. Carroll KIA

Ken Bledsoe, author of Echoes From an Eagle
22. April 2018 access_time 18:47

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