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

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B-17 #42-5069 / Our Gang

42-5069 / Our Gang

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/42; New Castle 19/11/42; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bassingbourn 23/11/42; Missing in Action 20m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Wheeler (401BS), Co-pilot: Louis Bianchi, Navigator: Joe Newberry, Bombardier: Denver Woodward, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bayne Scurlock, Radio Operator: Jim Cobb, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Thomas, Waist gunner: Ray Gillet, Waist gunner: Jim McGovern,Tail gunner: Jim McBride (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, lagged behind crashed St Goar, 15 miles S of Coblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 281. OUR GANG.
B-17 #43-38992

43-38992

Delivered Lincoln 1/11/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-S] Thorpe Abbotts 19/11/44; battle damaged Kiel 3/4/45 with Bill Baldwin, Francis Beedle, John Buckley, Les Davis, Ken Wright, Randolph Goodwin, Alf Mantapouli, Ogden Barron (8 Killed in Action); Kermit Jones, Howard Weber {rcm} (2 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d two engines, caught fire and exploded before crashed Texel Is, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 13717.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29861 / Buck-Shot

42-29861 / Buck-Shot

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-X] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action {31m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Cannon, Co-pilot: John May, Navigator: George Farrell, Bombardier: Bob Wood, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Ball, Radio Operator: Paul Kallas, Ball turret gunner: Manuel Trujillo, Waist gunner: Dick Emmick, Waist gunner: Wayne Kittilson,Tail gunner: Bob Broadsky (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Luederoad Estate, four miles E of Salzgitter, Ger. MACR1936. BUCK-SHOT.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare

42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare

Delivered Denver 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bassingbourn 8/3/43; Missing in Action 23m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Arlynn Weiweneth, Co-pilot: Clarry Blackman, Navigator: Bill Warose, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Reidy, Radio Operator: John Halloran, Ball turret gunner: Joe Hall, Waist gunner: Edgar Roe, Waist gunner: Vernon Lamplot,Tail gunner: Bob McDonald (9 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Gene Cook (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hergarten, 12 miles S of Duren, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 282. FRANK’S NIGHTMARE.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38405

43-38405

Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/44; Hunter 7/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-D] Polebrook 10/9/44; Missing in Action {27m} Dresden 14/2/45 with Curtis Ash, Ned Benedict, Art Nicholas, Bob Pierce, Ward Brady, John Norbo, Ken Graser, Lou Anderson (8 Prisoner of War); Bob Hays (Killed in Action) flak hit and went into spin smoking badly, crashed Wormervear, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 12334.
B-17 #42-29993 / Carroll Jun

42-29993 / Carroll Jun

Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 19/4/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 ; flak knocked off tailplane, crashed De Wetering, near Colmschate, Diepenveen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1935.