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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6630

44-6630

Delivered Lincoln 3/10/44; Grenier 12/10/44; Assigned 97BG Amendola 3/11/44; Missing in Action Maribor, Yugo., on training op 6/11/44 with Emerson, crew ?; (cp Killed in Action); ditched Vis Island. This aircraft was discovered in 2002, when divers found all sorts of equipment, but Croatian law prevented this being brought to the surface. According to former crew member the ship was rushed into service, the group markings were due to be put on the next day. Records show flak damaged 27 aircraft that day, but only one Bf 109 was sighted.

B-17 #42-37806 / Stark’s Ark

42-37806 / Stark’s Ark

Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-Z] Framlingham 15/10/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (37m) 28/5/44 with Henry Holmes, Co-pilot: Chas Kruger, Navigator: Walter Steck, Bombardier: Oral Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Baccaro, Ball turret gunner: Frank Watson, Waist gunner: Harry Roock, Waist gunner: Soldier Sanders,Tail gunner: Paul Kast (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Forrest Knight (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit #2 & #3 and left wing afire and last seen in vertical drive, crashed Walternienburg, 17 miles SE of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5256. STARK’S ARK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31935 / Stark’s Ark

42-31935 / Stark’s Ark

Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-A] Framlingham 10/2/44; Missing in Action (4m) Berlin 6/3/44 with Bob Starks, Navigator: Chas Stitzer, Bombardier: Bob Collins (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Edwin Kirschner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Brown, Radio Operator: Glen Murray, Ball turret gunner: John Carr, Waist gunner: Stan Pasovitch, Waist gunner: Steve Sozanski,Tail gunner: Placido Sanchez (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, setting #2 and wing on fire crashed two miles SW of Hemmelte, SW of Cloppenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2989. STARK’S ARK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-32002 / Berlin First

42-32002 / Berlin First

Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Gr Island 30/1/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Horham 11/2/44; 9m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Tom Barksdale, Co-pilot: Dave Atwood, Navigator: Fred Biddle, Bombardier: Gus Briding, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Mike Kovich, Radio Operator: Edgar Jurist, Ball turret gunner: Andy Brown, Waist gunner: Chas Hatton, Waist gunner: Paul Fredenburg, Tail gunner: Jim Jackson (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4, leveled off then #2 caught fire, crashed Barnsdorf, near railtrack to Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2982. BERLIN FIRST.

B-17 #43-37944 / Mr Tacoma

43-37944 / Mr Tacoma

Delivered Cheyenne 8/6/44; Kearney 20/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 834BS/486BG [2S-R] Sudbury 11/7/44; {34m} Missing in Action Merseburg 6/12/44 with Bob Miller, Edmund Barcikowski, Fred Kinsler, Dick Hobgood, Marion Taylor, Bill Effinger, Jim Mathis, Frank Ward, Stan Pavlic (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Uuddorp, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11047. MR TACOMA.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97734

42-97734

Delivered Denver 10/2/44; 1SAG Langley 6/4/44; Morrison 28/4/44; Assigned (PFF) 49BS/2BG Amendola 9/5/44; 346BS/99BG Tortorella 22/5/44; Missing in Action {37m} Innsbruck 29/12/44 with Homer McClanahan, McFee, Sleznick, Essenberg, Moll, Jackson, Paule, McKinney, Orban, Blaha; flak, crashed Marnolato Glacier; 10 chutes seen; Missing Air Crew Report 10929.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39947 / Chaquita

42-39947 / Chaquita

Delivered Long Beach 15/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; ass 364BS/305BG Chelveston 12/11/43; MIA Berlin 5/12/44 Pilot: Chas Todd, Ed Pfeiffer, Lloyd Olsen, Ray Colaizzi, Claud Taylor, Steve Payer, Tom Butler, Joe Vanderstelt, Chester Thompson (9KIA); flak, crashed Prenden, Germany. ‚; MACR 11040. CHIQUITA.

B-17 #42-31585 / Mount N‘ Ride

42-31585 / Mount N‘ Ride

Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine 28/11/43; Gt Falls 5/12/32; Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Oklahoma City 7/1/44; Kearney 12/1/44; Romulus 17/1/44; Grenier 18/1/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-B] Bassingbourne 1/2/44; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Doye Bradford, Co-pilot: Bob Mersereau, Navigator: Alby Trendell, Bombardier: Jack Athearn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hobart Peterson, Radio Operator: Norman Bunin, Ball turret gunner: Bob Modell, Waist gunner: Lucian Wright, Waist gunner: Nick Merletti,Tail gunner: Malcolm Bradt (10INT); flak KO’d #2 & #3, dropped behind and, force landed Dubendorf, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 3221. Ret Burtonwood, UK. Salvaged 8/10/45. MOUNT ‚N RIDE.