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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2594

41-2594

Delivered MacDill 24/2/42; Cheyenne 23/5/42; Pocatello 6/11/42; 19BG Pyote 11/1/43; 1497 AF Gp Lockbourn 25/2/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 13/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2401

41-2401

Delivered Douglas (Vega) as XB-38 with Allison V-1710 liquid cooled four-engine product assigned for USAAF to Lockheed-Vega to study four V-1710-89 V-12 liquid-cooled engines to contrast standard air-cooled Wright Cyclones along with other modifications. It first flew 19-May-43, but crash landed Tipton, Cal. 16-Jun-43 due to engine fire and one passenger killed. Salvaged. Never served in the UK

B-17 #42-30045 / She’s My Gal aka Fight’n-n-Bit’n

42-30045 / She’s My Gal aka Fight’n-n-Bit’n

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 28/6/43 SHE’S MY GAL; 28/7/43 with E.L. Lemke force landed Gt Ashfield AFB, Sfk,; 6/9/43 with Max Crowder force landed Chipping Norton; 12m, Missing in Action Saarlautern 4/10/43 with Max Crowder, Navigator: Paul Terrell, Bombardier: Bill Savage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Lewis, Radio Operator: Duke Rosenburg, Ball turret gunner: Andres Torres, Waist gunner: Theo Mayer, wo-Melvin Hibbert,Tail gunner: Arlie Arneson (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Edgar Taylor (Killed in Action); flak, ditched off Bayeux, France; Missing Air Crew Report 744 & 1455. FIGHT’N -‚N – BIT’N.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6697

44-6697

Delivered Lincoln 20/10/44; Grenier 27/10/44; Assigned 429BS/2BG Amendola 8/11/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 22/3/45 with John Pierik, Co-pilot: Bob Steele, Navigator: Harry Taylor, Bombardier: John Yatsco (4 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rich Benjamin, Radio Operator: Ray Levesque, Ball turret gunner: Vernon Burger, Waist gunner: Tony Zevenbergen, Waist gunner: Chas Redford,Tail gunner: Wilbur Jaffke (6POW, all strafed while descending but not hit); flak damage, but on way down the ship was attacked by Russian Air Force P-39s, crashed near Salzbrun, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 13245.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2569

41-2569

Delivered MacDill 6/2/42; West Palm Beach 22/2/42; Assigned 395BS/40BG Rio Hato, Panama 27/3/42; Guatemala 2/4/42; SAAD 13/6/42; Guatemala 24/6/42; SAAD 2/11/42; Guatemala 1/12/42; Rio Hato Panama 19/3/43; landing accident with John Seeley 10/4/43; Written off 2/10/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-83270

44-83270

Delivered Hunter 15/1/45; Dow Fd 1/2/45; Assigned 96BS/2BG Amendola 25/2/45; {0m} transferred 483BG Sterparone 4/45; 99BG Tortorella 20/9/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 5/1/46.