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 #42-32109 / Mizpah

B-17 #42-32109 / Mizpah

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; MacDill 5/2/44; Morrison 9/3/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Tortorella 13/3/44; Missing in Action Budapest 14/7/44 with 1Lt Ewald A Swanson, 2Lt Paul Berndt, Gramenzi, Simonelli, Hish, Bell, Kelley, Tucker (8 Prisoner of War); Henderson, Dudley (2 Killed in Action); flak, nose blown off, crashed Solt; Missing Air Crew Report 6901. MIZPAH.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39860 / War Cry

B-17 #42-39860 / War Cry

Delivered: Long Beach 23/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-A] Gt Ashfield 23/10/43; MIA Bremen 13/11/43 Pilot: Ben McCall, Tail Gunner: Bill Butler{found in tail section near Oldenburg, Germany. (2KIA); Co-Pilot: Clovis Ginn, Navigator: John Replogle, Bob Lambiaso, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Larry Charland, Radio Operator: Stan Easterbrook, Ball Turret Gunner: Ed Berthiaume, Waist Gunner: Bill Bowels, Waist Gunner: Lyne Wood (8RTD -rescued from sea); mid-air coll. w/42-30717 (385BG), ditched North Sea 20 miles of UK coast; MACR 1403. WAR CRY.

B-17 #42-30217 / Iza Blue aka Impatient Virgin

B-17 #42-30217 / Iza Blue aka Impatient Virgin

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43 IZA BLUE; detailed Duren 20/10/43 with Bob Simmons, crew ?, (10 Returned to Duty); but recalled due to extreme weather, eventually getting lost until spotting small airfield near Lichfield, Staffs, and needed seven attempts to land in meadow beyond runway, hitting tree and wrecked aircraft; Salvaged. IMPATIENT VIRGIN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30216 / Jonny

B-17 #42-30216 / Jonny

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [–S] Knettishall 18/6/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Ralph Swanson, Co-pilot: Harry Erickson, Navigator: Chas Bergheimer, Bombardier: Norvell Nystrom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Kinder, Radio Operator: Fred Ward, Ball turret gunner: Bob Shaw, Waist gunner: Dick Lambrecht, Waist gunner: Chas McMenamin,Tail gunner: Bill Deane (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Banteln, near Elze, S of Hanover, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3128. JOHNNIE.

B-17 #42-30078

B-17 #42-30078

Delivered Cheyenne 7/4/43; Hobbs 19/4/43; 2114 BU Lockbourn 23/8/44; 3017 BU Hobbs 25/8/44; 3030 BU Roswell 23/11/44; 3017 BU Hobbs 2/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 18/9/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31841

B-17 #42-31841

Delivered Denver 26/12/43; Omaha 6/1/44; Atlanta 10/1/44; Lakeland 16/1/44; Morrison 13/2/44; Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 15/2/44; Missing in Action Atzgersdorf, Aus. 24/5/44 with Russell Orf, Navigator: Carl Jamas (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Wyckoff, Bombardier: Max Coddington, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Drennan, Radio Operator: Bill Fossey, Ball turret gunner: Cornelius Snedeker, Waist gunner: Ralph Goff,Tail gunner: Tom Bates (7POW?); enemy aircraft, crashed near Šoštanj, Slovenia (German: Schönstein); Missing Air Crew Report 5195.

B-17 #42-30166 / Black Jack III aka You Cawn’t Miss It

B-17 #42-30166 / Black Jack III aka You Cawn’t Miss It

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Memphis 30/4/43; Presque Is 8/5/43; Assigned: 332BS/94BG [XM-L] Earls Colne 15/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43 BLACK JACK III; MIA Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 Pilot: Jim Kilian{body washed ashore 9/12/43}, Co-Pilot: Joe Kulik, Navigator: Capt Bob Schaefer{body washed up 1/1/44}, Bombardier: Neil Damato, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Chas Ferrin, Radio Operator: Harlen Yost, Waist Gunner: Don May, Tail Gunner: Jim Pauley (8KIA); Ball Turret Gunner: Lee Deese, Waist Gunner: Joe Langford (2POW); flak hit caused explosion, ditched North Sea 300 yds W of Haamstede on Schouwen Is, Holl MACR 1043. YOU CAWN’T MISS IT.

B-17 #42-30367 / Flak Happy

B-17 #42-30367 / Flak Happy

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gore 1/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-Y] Snetterton 1/7/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Edmund Bolstad, Co-pilot: Harry Sharpe, Navigator: Jim Montague, Bombardier: Chas Fuller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Doyle Reavis, Waist gunner: Ken Sigler, Waist gunner: Oscar Kassebrock (7 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Dave Sweeney, Ball turret gunner: Dan McElvain,Tail gunner: Warren McFadden (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Neuscharrel, 15 miles SW of Bad Zwischenahn, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 852. FLAK HAPPY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97864 / Why Worry

B-17 #42-97864 / Why Worry

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 11/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Capt Bob Patrick, Co-pilot: Bob Kerr, Navigator: John McCracken, Bombardier: Tom Lewis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Herwig, Radio Operator: Theo Otte, Ball turret gunner: Harry Jones, Waist gunner: Millard Sherrell, Waist gunner: Joe Cadle,Tail gunner: Edmond Woods (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd #4, crashed Merzhausen, nine miles E of Bad Camberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4779.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97179

B-17 #42-97179

Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 27/2/44; Grenier 10/3/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 22/3/44; Missing in Action Zwickau 12/5/44 with Reg Pettus, Co-pilot: Ken Ingalls, Navigator: Bill Sing, Bombardier: Albt Hinkle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jay Glass, Radio Operator: Jim McInis, Ball turret gunner: Walter Siebert, Waist gunner: Dick Szcechowski, Waist gunner: Otha Stanley,Tail gunner: Joe Klaput (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set wing on fire plus #1 & #2, crew bailed, crashed Budingen, 16 miles SE of Friedberg, NE of Frankfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4768.