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 #42-3540 / Bacta-th’-Sac aka Lucifer Jr III

B-17 #42-3540 / Bacta-th’-Sac aka Lucifer Jr III

Delivered Denver 26/7/43; Dyersbury 15/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 20/9/43 LUCIFER JR III; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1 December 1943 with Pilot Warren C. Hess; Navigator: David Randle; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert J. Gardella; Radio Operator: John F. Regan; Ball turret gunner: William M. Macklin; Left Waist gunner: Allan G. Ludwig; Right Waist gunner: Philip Burke (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Charles L. Smith Jr (evaded, captured, freed by British troops in Belgium); Bombardier: Robert Wernersbach (evaded capture, back in England 24 May);Tail gunner: Edgar G. Delp (KIA-died 12/12/43 of wounds, in hospital). Flak and/or fighters; crashed near Ampsin, 3km NW of Huy, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 1660. BACTA-TH’-SAC.

B-17 #42-5763 / Bomb Boogie

B-17 #42-5763 / Bomb Boogie

Delivered Long Beach 29/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; Missing in Action 17m Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Elwood Arp, Co-pilot: Howie Sherman, Bombardier: Chauncey Hicks returned via Spain, Ball turret gunner: Russ Hatton (4 evaded capture), Navigator: Nathan Weltman captured in Paris Dec 43, ttg-Ray Thompson, Radio Operator: John Wenninghoff, Waist gunner: Norbert Swierz, Waist gunner: Dean Millward,Tail gunner: Don Hayes (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Mons-en-Pevele, near Lille, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 514. BOMB-BOOGIE.

B-17 #42-38078 / Sweet Pea

B-17 #42-38078 / Sweet Pea

Delivered Denver 6/12/43; Savannah 23/12/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG 7/1/44; 14m transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; severe battle damaged Debreczen 21/9/44 with Guy Miller, Co-pilot: Tom Rybovich, Navigator: Theo Davich, Bombardier: Bob Mullen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald E. McGuire, Radio Operator: Tony Ferrara (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: Bill Steuck; Right Waist Gunner: Jim Maguire (Wounded in Action) (8 Returned to Duty); Left Waist gunner: Jim Totty, Tail gunner: Elmer Buss (2 Killed in Action); crash landed base and broke in half, then after repair aircraft was flown again by Miller 1/12/44; flown with Bill Morton 1/6/45 crash landed Bari, Italy, destroyed by fire. SWEET PEA.

B-17 #42-29886 / Scheherazade

B-17 #42-29886 / Scheherazade

Delivered Denver 3/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Selfridge 16/4/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-H] Kimbolton 23/4/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Harry Moses, Co-pilot: Sam Giorgianni, Navigator: Bill Lordan, Bombardier: Delmar Bonham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joshua Rowton (5 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Nick Pallotta, Ball turret gunner: Joe Nicosia, Waist gunner: Bill Gower, Waist gunner: Edgar Montgomery,Tail gunner: Mike Patti (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Ripsdorf, five miles S of Blankenheim, 43 miles E of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2871. SCHEHERAZADE.

B-17 #44-8078 / Rough Darts

B-17 #44-8078 / Rough Darts

Delivered Denver 6/6/44; Dorval 26/6/44; slated RAF HB 811, transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall 3/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 29/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 11/12/45. ROUGH DARTS.

B-17 #42-97335 / Grin-N-Bear-It

B-17 #42-97335 / Grin-N-Bear-It

Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/44; Hunter 9/3/44; Dow Fd 9/4/44; Assigned 305BG Chelverston, then transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-J] Podington 13/11/44; secret mission (Green Project) 1/6/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45. GRIN-N-BEARIT.

B-17 #42-107184 / Silver Meteor aka The Walrus

B-17 #42-107184 / Silver Meteor aka The Walrus

Delivered Tulsa 16/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-L] Framlingham 8/4/44 THE WALRUS; non-op taxi accident, with Bernie Hayward, caught fire 8/3/45; Salvaged 15/3/45. SILVER METEOR.

B-17 #42-39802

B-17 #42-39802

Delivered: Long Beach 5/9/43; Gr Island 324BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; MIA Wilhelmshafen 3/11/43 Pilot: Ken Rutledge, Co-Pilot: Albt Mahe, Bombardier: Tom Merit, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ray Rodenbaugh, Radio Operator: Milton Wauneka, Tail Gunner: Bob Balsey (7KIA), Navigator: Jim Peacock, Waist Gunner: Jim McIlwain, Waist Gunner: Ernie Colvin (3POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea, a mile off Neuharlingerseil, near Spiekeroog Island and mainland Germany. any MACR 1153.

B-17 #42-97061 / General Ike

B-17 #42-97061 / General Ike

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Grenier 23/2/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 13/3/44; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 16/3/44; to 401BS [LL-B]; received battle damage on several occasions but always returned to base; Returned to the USA Bradley Fd 13/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45. GENERAL IKE.

B-17 #42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice

B-17 #42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Gt Ashfield 15/3/44; transferred 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 16/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Howard Morehouse, Co-pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick, Navigator: Ed Plank, Bombardier: Herb Becker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Smith, Radio Operator: George KellyWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Delbert FentonWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Bill King, Waist gunner: Jim ClarkWounded in Action,Tail gunner: Dan Wilkerson (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set left wing on fire, crashed E of Runingen, two miles S of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4589. KICKAPOO JOY JUICE.