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B-17 Flying Fortress // Wikipedia Commons [Public Domain]

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B-17 #42-97187 / Miss Umbriago

42-97187 / Miss Umbriago

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; to Prestwick, UK, slated 447BG, Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 26/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Bill Miller, Co-pilot: John Hill, Waist gunner: Tony Zelnio(wia) (3 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Arthur Conn, Bombardier: Teddy Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo Waldron, Radio Operator: Frank Posada, Ball turret gunner: Warren Ball,Tail gunner: Calvin Turkington (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, crashed Wittmar, SE of Wolfenbuttel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9410. MISS UMBRIAGO.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29853

42-29853

Delivered Denver 26/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Framlingham 13/6/43; 1m, transferred 407/327BS/92BG [UX-S/U] Alconbury 17/6/43; in a slight mid-air collision with 42-3184 (92) on 21/7/43 with Tom Hullings; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Stewart, Co-pilot: Leon Landers, Navigator: Frank Smith, Bombardier: Chas Henderson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dan Carlisle, Radio Operator: Elmer Collins, Ball turret gunner: John Wasche, Waist gunner: Steve Solga, Waist gunner: Gerry Swanger,Tail gunner: Chas Lewis (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eifel, near Bonn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 653.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31111 / Four Aces, Pat Hand

42-31111 / Four Aces, Pat Hand

Delivered Dallas 20/9/43; Scott 4/10/43; Wilmington 7/10/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 19/10/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Don Noxon, Co-pilot: George Giovannini, Navigator: Edison Eichhorn, Bombardier: Walt Utley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Ludwigsen, Radio Operator: Toby Phillips, Ball turret gunner: John Thompson, Waist gunner: Harry Thompson, Waist gunner: Paul Mogush,Tail gunner: John Channell (10 Killed in Action); flak damage, believed to have come down in seas on return. Missing Air Crew Report 1659. FOUR ACES – PAT HAND.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29966

42-29966

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 19/3/43; Dyersburg 30/3/43; with Frank Spino force landed Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Amarillo 9/4/43; Albuquerque 16/4/43; Amarillo 19/4/43; Gr Island 6/9/43; Assigned 393BG Kearney 1/8/43; with Bob Kehm force landed two miles E Osborne, KS 13/9/43; Tinker 18/11/43; 273 BU Lincoln 23/6/43; 236 BU Pyote 30/7/44; 221 BU Alexandra 4/10/44; 329 BU Alexandra 1/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 29/10/45.
B-17 #42-3491 / Chopstick-G George

42-3491 / Chopstick-G George

Delivered Denver 11/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-G] Alconbury 20/8/43 (H2-X); Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Maj Fred Rabo, Co-pilot: John Morgan, Ball turret gunner: Bill Westcott, Waist gunner: Steve Keaton (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Capt John Crotty{385BG}, rad/nav-Capt Ken Klotz, Bombardier: Capt Lou Dentoni, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Foote, to-Tom Kon, Waist gunner: Ed Friesorger,Tail gunner: Lt Walter Regoli{385BG}, Mis/CO-Col Russell Wilson{4BW} (6 Killed in Action); flak hit, ship broke up and crashed Lake Harvel, near Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3362.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30280 / Crazy Horse

42-30280 / Crazy Horse

Delivered Boeing (by land) 17/6/43 (H2X); Wright Fd 5/7/43; Rome 21/7/43; Patterson 3/8/43; Kansas City 8/8/43; Gd Island 22/9/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-L] Alconbury 30/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Capt Gerald Binks (Com P, evd. then arrested Liege 27/5/44), Co-pilot: John Baber, Navigator: Ed Horner, Bombardier: Bill Barrett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Kennedy, Radio Operator: Steve Martin, Ball turret gunner: Henry Raemer, Waist gunner: Bruce Long,Tail gunner: Bill Blake (9 Prisoner of War); Ex nav-Charles Haupt, Ex nav-Joe Punches(ret UK 15/9/44), Waist gunner: Harry Booth (3 evaded capture); p-Ralph Holcombe (KIA-body washed up 04/05/44); mech problem, two engines out, on return attacked by Fw 190 over Zwolle ditched in lake IJsselmeer, nine kilometers SW of Harderwijk, Netherlands; Missing Air Crew Report 2470. CRAZY HORSE. (Remains recovered August 1970.)