B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies Die legendäre Boeing B-17 Fliegende Festung im Zweiten Weltkrieg und das Schicksal zu 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 41-9085 / Jarrin Jenny aka Li’l Butch

41-9085 / Jarrin Jenny aka Li’l Butch

Boise, Idaho – 7 April 1942; Prestwick, Scotland – 12 May 1942; Polebrook, England (97BG) – 1 July 1942; Molesworth, England (359BG/303BG) – 21 September 1942; VIII Air Force Service Command – 16 December 1942; Salvaged – 26 July 1945. First 8AF Boeing B-17 in Great Britain. Part of diversion force on VIII BC 1 (17 August 1942).

B-17 #42-97214 / Carolina Queen

42-97214 / Carolina Queen

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-B] Ridgewell 25/3/44; Missing in Action 2m Berlin 24/5/44 with John Wardencki, Co-pilot: Chas Dayton, Navigator: Willard Blackfield, Bombardier: Bill Morrison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Warren Backelin, Radio Operator: Bob Miller, Ball turret gunner: Chas Anderson, Waist gunner: George Elliott,Tail gunner: Harry Telzerow (9 Killed in Action); mid air coll, crashed Gratze, 17 miles NE of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5181. CAROLINA QUEEN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-83841

44-83841

Delivered Syracuse 23/6/45; Nashville 30/6/45; 4202 BU Syracuse 20/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 5/11/45; Civil N66572, to canada as CF-HBP.

B-17 #41-24554 / Lady Luck aka The Mustang

41-24554 / Lady Luck aka The Mustang

Delivered Lowry 7/8/42; Hamilton 6/10/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Mareeba, Aus 17/10/42; then 403BS; Assigned Gen Richard Sutherland to see 503rd Paras to drop over Nadzab 5/9/43; Returned to the USA Rapid City 2/12/43 (398BG training at Walker Fd, Kan); Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Albuquerque 25/6/45. LADY LUCK aka THE MUSTANG.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2566

41-2566

Delivered MacDill 6/2/42; crashed six miles w of Orlando, 20/4/42, coll with P-40 with Ernie Robertson, all crew killed. Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24477 / Joan of Arc aka Flaming Mayme

41-24477 / Joan of Arc aka Flaming Mayme

Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-H] Westover 16/8/42; Thurleigh 25/8/42 as JOAN OF ARC; transferred 340BS/97BG Biskra 20/1/43; Missing in Action Tunis 1/2/43 with Bob Coulter, Co-pilot: Wikle, Navigator: Blair, Bombardier: Birk, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: E.H. Smith, Radio Operator: Hansen, Ball turret gunner: Nease, Waist gunner: C.D. Hooks, Waist gunner: Fitzgerald,Tail gunner: Knight; coll with FW190. Missing Air Crew Report 3516. FLAMING MAYME.