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 #42-29527 / Jig-Jig

B-17 #42-29527 / Jig-Jig

Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Morrison 10/4/43; Assigned 416BS/99BG Navarin 5/6/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged Messina 6/8/43 with Barton, Trentadue {Wounded in Action}, Lesney {Wounded in Action}, May, Shay, Harper, Valleau {Wounded in Action}, Steele, Kellerman, Cunningham; force landed Comiso, 2 engines out & 3 WIA, aircraft repaired 12/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Salvaged 2/8/45. JIG-JIG.

B-17 #42-30245 / Lucky Lady

B-17 #42-30245 / Lucky Lady

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft, crashed Oostmalle, nine miles W of Turnhout, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 381. LUCKY LADY.

B-17 #42-5786 / Whizzer II

B-17 #42-5786 / Whizzer II

Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Denver 30/1/43; Assigned 4Ferry Gp Memphis where line chief Sgt Oscar Penrod ground looped aircraft 20/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Assigned 347BSA/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; damaged by fire 16/9/43, repaired at depot; transferred 840BS/483BG Tortorella 4/44; Missing in Action Nis, Yugo. 15/4/44 with Jim Preston, Johnston, Gresham, Lindholm, Toutant, Cieslak, Cooper, Pierce, Cline, Brown (10 Killed in Action); flak hit between # 3 & 4. The main fuel tanks took fire as the wing folded back all in seconds; crashed Nis, W/O. Missing Air Crew Report 3909. WHIZZER II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30290 / Lucky Lady II

B-17 #42-30290 / Lucky Lady II

Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned: 338BS/96BG [BX–] Snetterton 12/6/43; MIA Kassel 30/7/43 Pilot: Carmelo Pelusi, Navigator: Mayer Hurwitz, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Walter Koch, Ball Turret Gunner: Bob Holleman, Waist Gunner: Earl McCloy (5KIA); Co-Pilot: Don Falk, Bombardier: Bruce Yarwood, Radio Operator: Delbert Williams, Waist Gunner: Don Ross, Tail Gunner: Elmon Fisk (5POW); Enemy aircraft, two engines out, another smoking, so jettisoned bomb load, crashed Tielrode, 12 miles W of Antwerp, Belgium. MACR 145. LUCKY LADY II.

B-17 #42-39867 / Hang the Expense II aka Boeing Belle

B-17 #42-39867 / Hang the Expense II aka Boeing Belle

Delivered Long Beach 24/9/43 Gr Island 6/11/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 11/11/43; on mission to Frankfurt 24/1/44, with Frank Valesh, Co-pilot: John Booth, Navigator: John Johnson, Bombardier: Maurice G Zetlan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herscell H Broyles, Radio Operator: Ernest M Jordan, Ball turret gunner: Louis G Black Jr, Waist gunner: Paul Carbonne, Waist gunner: Herschel Broyes (9 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: Roy Ulrick (Prisoner of War); flak hit in tail, limped home to RAF Eastchurch, Kent, UK & repaired. TG was blown out of tail and became POW; witnesses swear he flew through the air still in his seat and hanging on to Browning gun handles!; transferred 351BS [EP-Z]; retUS 6/45; 121 BU Bradley 19/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 22/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 11/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8149

B-17 #44-8149

Delivered Dallas 27/6/44; Langley 24/7/44; Dow Fd 18/8/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG Lavenham 29/10/44; transferred 833BS/486BG [2N-M] Sudbury 10/44; 2m transferred 410BS/94BG Rougham 29/5/45. Used for photography along Belgian-Dutch coasts (coded WIPE); crash landed with Walt Sutherland at Vils, Austria 16/7/45. Salvaged 9AF Germany 20/2/47.

B-17 #42-3176 / Spook II aka Lady Astrid

B-17 #42-3176 / Spook II aka Lady Astrid

Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] SPOOK II Framlingham 21/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 3m, transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-E] Kimbolton 22/6/43; 524BS [WA-E]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Alden Johnson, Radio Operator: Antonio Velasquez, Ball turret gunner: Raoul Rosseau, Waist gunner: Jim Locke, Waist gunner: Ralph Scripter,Tail gunner: Gene Johnson (6 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Warren Holtsberg, Navigator: Vince Tapping, Bombardier: Lou Dubois, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Brittain (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed in Limburger Forest, near Dornheim, W of Darmstadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 954. LADY ASTRID.

B-17 #42-29664 / Jersey Bounce, Jr.

B-17 #42-29664 / Jersey Bounce, Jr.

Delivered Denver 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 21/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Capt Merle Hungerford, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow Monkres, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Simpkins, Radio Operator: Forrest Vosler (awarded Con. Medal of Honor), Ball turret gunner: Ed Ruppel, Waist gunner: Ralph Burkhart, Waist gunner: Stan Moody,Tail gunner: George Buske{Wounded in Action} (10 Returned to Duty); flak, ditched North Sea, two miles off Happisburgh, Nfk. all rescued by MV Empire Sportsman. JERSEY BOUNCE Jr. No MACR.

B-17 #41-24525 / What’s Cookin Doc?

B-17 #41-24525 / What’s Cookin Doc?

Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-O] Presque Is 22/9/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/9/42; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-Y] Grafton Underwood 14/10/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Walter Ernest Garner, Co-pilot: Philip Bern, Bombardier: James Daigle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russell Hawk, Radio Operator: William Edmiston, Ball turret gunner: Edward Radon, Waist gunner: Charles Hays,Tail gunner: Jack Anderson (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Guy Canale, Waist gunner: Charles Hannah (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Port-le-Grand, four miles NW of Abbeville, France. Missing Air Crew Report 1608. WHAT’S COOKING DOC?