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B-17 #42-37787


Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; 1 BAD 23/10/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; then 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 11/11/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Sam Bender, Co-pilot: Art Schmidt, Navigator: Jim Newbold, Bombardier: Howard Mullaney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lionel Smith, Radio Operator: Harry Pattrin, Ball turret gunner: Constantine Principe, Waist gunner: Harry Tate, Waist gunner: Paul Hieatt,Tail gunner: Francis Svehla (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Branneger, near Borger, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1330.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37744 / Final Approach

43-37744 / Final Approach

Delivered Cheyenne 17/12/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 20/6/44; Missing in Action Munster 5/10/44 with Harvey Green, Co-pilot: Joe Geiseler{Wounded in Action}, Navigator: Murray Sklaroff{Wounded in Action}, Bombardier: Frank Sage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theo Bassetti, Radio Operator: Bill Usrey, Ball turret gunner: Bolec Nowicki, Waist gunner: Martin McGowan, Waist gunner: Paul Neubeck{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Carl Smythers (10 Returned to Duty); flak & enemy aircraft KOd three engines, crash landed Castelraij, 12 miles NW of Venlo, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 9765. FINAL APPROACH.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29791 / Little Jimmie aka Memphis Blues

42-29791 / Little Jimmie aka Memphis Blues

Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Alconbury 19/4/43 LITTLE JIMMIE; 335BS [OE-Q] Framlingham 12/5/43; on 17/5/43 with W.R. McPherson, Bombardier: Keith Murray wia when nose gun exploded; 336BS [ET-Q] Horham 15/6/43; 7m, transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-B] Molesworth 17/6/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 14/7/43 with Calvin Swaffer, Co-pilot: John Johnston, Navigator: Bill Karraken, Bombardier: Bill Sweet, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rudi Lopez, Radio Operator: Jim Matthews, Ball turret gunner: Ed Griffin, Waist gunner: Ed Cobb, Waist gunner: Jim Mills,Tail gunner: John Moody (10 Returned to Duty); ship hit by JU 88 rockets, ditched Channel, 30 miles off Shoreham, UK, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue in HSL145. No MACR. MEMPHIS BLUES.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29738 / Upstairs Maid

42-29738 / Upstairs Maid

Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky 28/3/43; Kearney 25/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-U] Podington 1/6/43; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 13/7/43; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Bob Coggeswell, Co-pilot: Paul Tippet, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: John Kennedy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gil Bengtson, Radio Operator: Ed Deerfield, Ball turret gunner: Paul Davis, Waist gunner: Elmer Peterson, Waist gunner: Alvin Etheredge, Tail gunner: Harry Timm (10 Returned to Duty); Enemy aircraft KO’d two engines & ditched North Sea, 25 miles off Felixstowe, Sfk; all crew picked up by Air Sea Rescue in 35 minutes! THE UPSTAIRS MAID.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29656 / The Terrible Ten aka Skunkface

42-29656 / The Terrible Ten aka Skunkface

Delivered Denver 2/2/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 21/3/43 „THE TERRIBLE TEN“; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 5/7/43 „SKUNKFACE“. Missing in Action on its 19th mission, to Aschersleben, Germany on 20 February 1944. Pilot Ernest B. Kidd; Co-pilot: Benjamin G. Beauclair; Bombardier: Charles M. Betzel (initially evaded then captured); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ober L. Torvik; Radio Operator: Theodore J. Mazor; Left Waist gunner: Billie L. Ramsey; Right Waist gunner: Ernest B. Serna; Tail gunner: Francis A. Hentges (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Billy H. Huish (initially evaded, but caught 22 April 1944 by Gestapo and shot, along with some aircrew from other units; Ball turret gunner: Rex Wertman (2 Killed in Action). Enemy aircraft shot out two engines. Crashed near Lens railway station, seven miles NW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 2460.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38619


Delivered Cheyenne 25/8/44; Patterson 10/9/44; Hunter 29/9/44; Dow Fd 9/10/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-L] Snetterton 14/10/44; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-A] Molesworth 15/10/44; battle damaged Dresden 14/2/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 13/3/45.