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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29858 / Murder Incorporated aka Censored

42-29858 / Murder Incorporated aka Censored

Delivered Denver 28/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 17/5/43 MURDER INCORPORATED 31m; crashed on take off after losing engine at Oundle, near Barnwell, UK 21 February 1944, with Lt – Evans, crew ? ; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 22/2/44, Salvaged . CENSORED.

B-17 #42-30332 / Short Stuff aka Spirit of ’76

42-30332 / Short Stuff aka Spirit of ’76

Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/43; Gore 17/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Walla Walla 3/6/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-N] Framlingham 12/7/43 SHORT STUFF; then SPIRIT OF ’76; Missing in Action Brandenburg (28m) 18/4/44 with Bernardo Procopio, Co-pilot: Eric Millington, Navigator: Walt Coburn, Bombardier: Tony Sansone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Quimby, Radio Operator: Carroll Belisle, Ball turret gunner: Burless Dye, Waist gunner: Shrader Mitchell, Waist gunner: Chas Robertson,Tail gunner: Wallace Sharpless (10INT); flak, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden. Pilot Procopio, Millington, Dye, Mitchell, Belisle, Robertson and Sharpless accompanied by Swedish and US officials flew back to UK in B-24 9/10/44, then Coburn and Sansone followed suit a month later. Missing Air Crew Report 4012. (left Sweden 16/6/45). SHORT STUFF.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29851 / Argonaut III

42-29851 / Argonaut III

Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-J] Polebrook 16/5/43; 27m battle damaged 28m Munster 10/10/43 with Theo Argiropulos, crew ?; abandoned and ditched North Sea, just off Covehithe, Nfk; all rescued RTD. ARGONAUT III.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24582 / One O’Clock Jump

41-24582 / One O’Clock Jump

B-17F 41-24582 ‚One O’Clock Jump‘, assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Despatched 12-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but weather prevented bombing of that target and the marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville were attacked as a target of last resort. The aircraft went into a spin (possibly as a result of prop wash)on the way to the target and crashed near Fontainebleau, France. 2KIA 5POW 3EVD MACR 16031.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102929

42-102929

Delivered Cheyenne 19/4/44; Hunter 27/4/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 352BS/301BG Lucera 26/5/44; Missing in Action Wiener Neudorf 26/7/44 with Ernie Howell, Campbell, Dawson, Woodson, West, Vodicka, Bauman, Mears (8 Killed in Action); Hammond, La Rosa (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Wiener Neustadt; Missing Air Crew Report 7143.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30385

42-30385

Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/43; Kearney 5/6/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 353BS/301BG St Donat 18/7/43; Oudna 6/8/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action {87m} Wiener Nuedorf 26/7/44 with Dave Kerr, Stallings, Haggerty, Young, Schultz, Denny, Fellows, Vines, Boyd (9 Killed in Action); Marlin (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Baden; Missing Air Crew Report 7000.