B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies

Die Boeing B-17 Fliegende Festung im Zweiten Weltkrieg mit einer Datenbank über das Schicksal jeder einzelnen Maschine.

“Das beste Kampfflugzeug, das jemals gebaut wurde. Sie konnte die meisten Schäden verkraften und blieb immer noch in der Luft.”
General Ira C. Eaker

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-39508

B-17 #43-39508

Delivered – . Last Seattle built aircraft 9/4/45, Bu No 6981. On the ceremonial roll out on 9/4/45 it was covered with card cut outs of every target a B-17 attacked.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107211 / Liberty Belle

B-17 #42-107211 / Liberty Belle

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-N] Thorpe Abbotts 20/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Carl Gustafson, Co-pilot: Mike Newmerowski, Navigator: Vic Kinkade, Bombardier: Marcena Dottoviano, Radio Operator: Tony Trebnik, Ball turret gunner: Jack Kromer, Waist gunner: Frank Caldwell,Tail gunner: Bill Ewing (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Fife (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Mannstedt, N of Weimar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8795.THE LIBERTY BELLE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29777 / Peck’s Bad Boys

B-17 #42-29777 / Peck’s Bad Boys

Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Long Beach 14/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-H] Thurleigh 19/5/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/7/43 with Steve Peck, Co-pilot: John Bartlett, Navigator: Dan Barberis, Bombardier: Ben Irons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Davis, Radio Operator: Bob Jones, Ball turret gunner: Dan DeFlorio, Waist gunner: John Guiterrez, Waist gunner: Walt Berthold,Tail gunner: Henry Winkeller (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 & #2, crashed near Detmold, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 125. PECK’S BAD BOYS.

B-17 #42-97387 / Maude An’ Maria

B-17 #42-97387 / Maude An’ Maria

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (81m) Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with John McCormick, Bombardier: Bill Logan (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bill Feinstein, Navigator: Ray Woltman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marvin Gooden, Radio Operator: Joe Stritch, Ball turret gunner: Reynaldo Gracia, Waist gunner: Bill Garner,Tail gunner: Jack Withrow (7 Killed in Action); mid air coll with 43-38697(398BG), crashed Lehmke, near Gardelegen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 12214. MAUDE AN’ MARIA.

B-17 #44-8495

B-17 #44-8495

Delivered Dallas 28/9/44; Hunter 27/10/44; Grenier 9/11/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 4/12/44; battle damaged Ingolstadt 10/1/45 with Robert J. Roush (381st BG); 11 RTD (incl. 1 WIA); force landed continent; Salvaged 18/1/45.

B-17 #43-39165

B-17 #43-39165

Delivered Lincoln 22/12/44; Grenier 3/1/45; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 7/1/45; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 22/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 13/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 2/1/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30351 / Excaliber aka Alcohol Annie

B-17 #42-30351 / Excaliber aka Alcohol Annie

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned: 339BS/96BG Snetterton 12/7/43; EXCALIBER MIA Oschersleben 28/7/43 Pilot: Gene Wilcox, Co-Pilot: Jim Stratton, Navigator: Alvin Jorgenson, Bombardier: Ed Johnson, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Clyde Mercer (5RTD); Radio Operator: Dan O’Neill, Ball Turret Gunner: Jack Lewis (2KIA); Waist Gunner: Tom Holton, Waist Gunner: Horace Holcombe, Tail Gunner: Ross Calvert (3POW- picked up by Germany. ans 3/8/43); Enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea; MACR 142. ALCHOLHOL ANNIE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30216 / Jonny

B-17 #42-30216 / Jonny

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [–S] Knettishall 18/6/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Ralph Swanson, Co-pilot: Harry Erickson, Navigator: Chas Bergheimer, Bombardier: Norvell Nystrom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Kinder, Radio Operator: Fred Ward, Ball turret gunner: Bob Shaw, Waist gunner: Dick Lambrecht, Waist gunner: Chas McMenamin,Tail gunner: Bill Deane (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Banteln, near Elze, S of Hanover, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3128. JOHNNIE.

B-17 #43-37567 / Willie III

B-17 #43-37567 / Willie III

Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/44; Gt Falls 3/5/44; Kearney 3/6/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 750BS/457BG [J] Glatton 29/6/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 12/12/44 with Montell Higgins (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Bell, Navigator: John McCaughan, Bombardier: Harry Harstedt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Winder, Radio Operator: Fred Lawyer, Ball turret gunner: Phil Porter, Waist gunner: Russ Perry,Tail gunner: Bill Smigielski (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Sensweiler, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11334. WILLIE III.