The Rigor Mortis, a B-17 Flying Fortress in North Africa and Italy in World War II. 32nd Bomb Squadron of the 301st Bombardment Group, 12h AF and 15th AF.

"Rigor Mortis"

B-17 Flying Fortress

12th Air Force - 15th Air Force

301st Bombardment Group (H)

32nd Bomb Squadron

12th Air Force, Formed Late 1942 For North African Campaign

1st Crew

Don Brazee, Pilot
Charles William Randrup, Co-Pilot
Burt Lewis, Navigator
Emory Cook, Bombardier
James Farrell, Engineer
Lloyd E. Willoughby, Radio Operator
Basil J. "Bob" Lovelace, Ball Turret
Wall, Waist Gunner
Machine Gun" Kelly, Tail Gunner

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32nd Bomb Squadron

301st Bombardment Group

The Rigor Mortis was Assigned to the 301st BG on December 31, 1942.

The Rigor Mortis flew 94 missions including 2 early returns (ERT) with the 32nd BS.

Crews and Missions:

In addition to the original crew of:
Don Brazee, Pilot
Charles William Randrup, Co-Pilot
Burt Lewis, Navigator
Emory Cook, Bombardier
James Farrell, Engineer
Lloyd E. Willoughby, Radio Operator
Basil J. "Bob" Lovelace, Ball Turret
Wall, Waist Gunner
Machine Gun" Kelly, Tail Gunner

The following pilots are shown to have flown the Rigor Mortis on missions from January 2, 1943 to November 10, 1943.

The following list of servicemen are listed in crew and squadron records as having flown on Rigor Mortis From November 16, 1943 to March 17, 1944. Some did not survive the war. We honor their memory. Others returned to the states.

I would like to get in contact with any survivors, spouses, descendants or other family members. Thank You.

Johnson (Late '42, Early '43)
Edward F. Stoddard
Hart (Feb. '43)
Bishop (Feb.-April '43)
Charles Gregg (April '43)
Edward Kitterman (April '43)
Robert Fonner (July '43)
Victor Lewin (July '43)
Johnson (Fall '43) - May not be the same person as above.
Abbott (July '43)
Wilbur Raffensperger (July '43)
Neely (July-August 1943)
Paul V. Callis (August '43)
Buell W. Oberholser (August '43)
Gene F. Ohlendt (Sept.-Oct. '43)
Charles Clowe (August '43)
William J. Emerson (Sept. '43)
Herbert Patterson (Oct. '43)
Parker (October 1943)
William E. Wofford (Oct.-Nov. '43)

Dates in ( ) Denote the months during which they are shown to have flown a mission in Rigor Mortis.

32nd Squadron did not keep full crew lists as did later Squadrons. I would like to hear from ALL crewmembers who flew with these pilots.

Additional Pilot list and plane with squadron assignment and mission date provided for by research at the national archives by Dick Drain.