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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38311

43-38311

Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 10/8/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 30/3/45 with Lew Hoagland, Fred Palmer, Art Hildebrandt, Sherman Hoops, Ed Knabb, Bob Bailey, Frank Weston, Jim Haggard, Bruce Yount (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Buchholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13506.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38249

43-38249

Delivered Cheyenne 12/7/44; Kearney 24/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; transferred 836BS/487BG [2G-E] Lavenham 10/8/44; Salvaged 5/10/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97243

42-97243

Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-O] Podington 23/3/44; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Chas Easley, Co-pilot: Joe Pagenkopf, Navigator: Bill Husted, Bombardier: Earl Gauthier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Basil Seymore, Radio Operator: Wilbur Chambers, Ball turret gunner: Jack Guy, Waist gunner: Herman Tushka, Waist gunner: Ken Gibbons,Tail gunner: Ismael Yturralde (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed in wood near Ravenstein near Stargard, E of Stettin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3674.

B-17 #42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone

42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone

B-17G #42-31060 was delivered to Cheyenne 11/9/43; Assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group [GN-N] and arrived at Molesworth on 18 October 1943. It was nicknamed „Poque Ma Hone“ or POGUE-MA-HONE. (Gaelic for Kiss My Ass!) Reported as Missing in Action while on bombing mission to synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany on 9 February 1945. After colliding with #43-39149 (No Name), piloted by 2Lt. Robert J. Barrat, „Poque Ma Hone“ tried to make its way to Allied controlled territory in Poland. It crashed near the village of Jaraczewo (south-east of Poznan). Salvaged n/battle damaged. From a crew of nine, 5 were Killed in Action (KIA), 1 became a Prisoner of War (POW) and 3 Returned to Duty (RTD). Alf Nemer, Odus Litzelfelner, Pete Volpini, Marion Canfield, Floyd Doherty were Killed in Action); Floyd Bohrer became a Prisoner of War; Henry Schulz, Howard Ganson and Paul Kerr Returned to Duty; See Missing Air Crew Report 12245.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-39149

43-39149

Delivered Lincoln 21/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 3/2/45; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Bob Barrett, Dean Harvey, Shirl Best, Bill Karp, Ray Reiss, Matt Lastrowicz, Lou Linhart, Herb Link (8 Killed in Action); George Emerson (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with B-17 over Allied territory, Missing Air Crew Report 12229

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102577 / Bouncin‘ Annie

42-102577 / Bouncin‘ Annie

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 1/4/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-O] Rougham 10/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Wesley Peterson, Edwin Rieser, Roland Slay (3 Prisoner of War); Nubar Garabodian, Joe Butcher, John Padget, Ed Wirtel, Joe Failla, Jim Azer (6 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, hit between #3 & #4, then exploded and crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10307. BOUNCIN‘ ANNIE.