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 #41-24464 / Excalibur

41-24464 / Excalibur

Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3,oil pouring away before #4 was feathered ditched 40 miles west of Texel Is, Holland, in North Sea; five rescued by Royal Navy minesweeper and landed at Grimsby; EXCALIBUR. 3KIA 7RTD (Rescued by Royal Navy). No MACR issued.

B-17 #42-5251 / Pride of the Kiarians aka Bodacious Critter

42-5251 / Pride of the Kiarians aka Bodacious Critter

Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/42; West Palm Beach 12/12/42; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Thurleigh 1/1/43; damaged 1/3/43 coll with 41-24476; transferred AFSC 3/3/43, ret 9/4/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Walter N. Smiley, Co-pilot: Avory L. Ewan, Navigator: Wilbur W. Breunig, Bombardier: Martin M. Strauss, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Raymond C. Clifton, Radio Operator: Donald B. Hepler, Ball turret gunner: Roderick C. Clark, Waist gunner: William R. Payne, Waist gunner: Lawrence J. Sliff, Tail gunner: Roy K. Staiff; enemy aircraft, crashed Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 15518. PRIDE OF KARIANS aka BODACIOUS CRITTER.

B-17 #42-3322 / Full House

42-3322 / Full House

Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Bangor 1/6/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; landing accident with Russell Girse 17/9/43; Missing in Action Sorau 11/4/44 with Ralph Winslow, Co-pilot: Vince Gill, Navigator: John Hill, Ed Segall, Ball turret gunner: Harry Sandford, Waist gunner: George Roche (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Ralph Munoz, Radio Operator: Carl Caputo, Waist gunner: John Massie,Tail gunner: Joel Burklund (4KIA- all trapped in ship which sunk immediately); enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, ten miles of coast at Dankerdorf, ten miles SW of Riggenwalde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3808. FULL HOUSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3034


Delivered Denver 26/1/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Homestead 5/3/43; Thurleigh 12/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Theo Jankowski, Co-pilot: Bill Scheil{broke leg}, Navigator: Reg Wigham, togg-Tom McDonnell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Stelzer, Radio Operator: Ben Benigno, Waist gunner: Bill Gelnett (7 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Chas Bell, Waist gunner: John Chinlund, Tail gunner: Chas Wylie (3 Killed in Action); flak damage caused ship to explode, crashed Aurich-Oldendorf, near Strackholt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15456

B-17 #44-8640 / Section 8

44-8640 / Section 8

Delivered Hunter 14/11/44; Dow Field 3/12/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 5/12/44; after 58 missions was Missing in Action Operation Chowhound (6th such mission) 7/5/45 with Lionel Sceurman, Navigator: Russell Cook {picked up by RAF Walrus, but died soon after}, Radio Operator: Gana McPherson, Ball turret gunner: John Keller, Waist gunner: Norbert {Kuper} Cooper,Tail gunner: Bill Langford, obs-Ed Bubolz, obs-Bob Korber, Gerald Lane, obs-Joe Repiscak, obs-George Walteri {last five passengers were photographic personnel} (11 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Jim Schwartz, nav/trainer-Dave Condon were picked up by 5th ERS from Halesworth on OA-10A Catalina) (2 Returned to Duty) flak, ditched Channel. SECTION 8. (Last 8AF aircraft lost in WW II).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39865


Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; ass 710BS/447BG [IJ-C] Rattlesden 27/11/43; MIA Laon, Fr 9/5/44 Pilot: Bill Owens, Co-Pilot: Bill Heim, Navigator: Julian Matin, Bombardier: John McKinney, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Jack Seeger, Ball Turret Gunner: Herb Holland, Waist Gunner: Edwin Sieniarecki, Tail Gunner: Leroy Potter (8KIA); Radio Operator: John Browko, Waist Gunner: Conrad St Laurent (2POW); flak knocked off nose, then ball turret fell off followed by aircraft disintegrating in mid-air to crashed two miles N of Laon, Fr; MACR 4588.

B-17 #42-102523 / Mission Belle

42-102523 / Mission Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 27/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-H] Rougham 8/4/44; 331BS [QE-H]; transferred 34BG Mendlesham 5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/11/45. MISSION BELLE

B-17 #42-29531


Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 8/4/43; Lost St Nazaire 29/5/43. Pilot, Marshall Peterson, POW. Co-pilot, Harold E. Bentz. Navigator, Larry Mandleberg, POW. Bombardier, Frank R. Perrica, Evaded. Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Hilton Hilliard, POW. Radio Operator, Joseph James Freeborn, POW. Ball turret gunner, Pete Milasius, Evaded. Waist gunner, George P Smith, POW.Tail gunner, Sal Tafolya, Evaded. Waist gunner, Percy C Matthews, Missing in Action. Flak hit, aircraft broke in two, crashed Saint-Bihy, 12 miles SW of St Brieuc, Fr. No MACR.