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 #43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade

B-17 #43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned: 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/6/44; MIA Stuttgart 5/9/44 Pilot: Ray Paaske, Garis Jacoby {died in captivity}, Tony Santos, Sam George, Henry Mays (5POW); Gene Sydlowski, Bill Baker, John Wells, Ernie Haygood, (4EVD); flak, crashed Rottweil, Germany. MACR 8454. MOONLIGHT SERENADE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97844

B-17 #42-97844

Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with William Ourant, Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator: Elmer Miles, Bombardier: William Waskow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Don Norvet, Waist gunner: Andrew Demchak, Tail gunner: Art Billings, Dave Willoughby {voice int} (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: John Star KIA; crashed Weisel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12948.

B-17 #43-38909 / Kraut Krusher

B-17 #43-38909 / Kraut Krusher

Delivered Lincoln 9/10/44; Grenier 17/10/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [D] Glatton 21/10/44; battle damaged Dresden 14/2/45 with Duane F. Southwood; force landed France; Salvaged 28/2/45. KRAUT KRUSHER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31893

B-17 #42-31893

Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Savannah 16/1/44; Morrison 27/1/44; Assigned 419BS/301BG Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action first mission, Pontadera 14/2/44 with Harold Bond, Ralph Carlisle (2 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: James Runte, Navigator: Charles Miller, Bombardier: George Kulick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Thomas Greenway {Wounded in Action}, Radio Operator: James Ratliff, Ball turret gunner: Thomas Jarman, Waist Gunner: Thomas Higgins, Waist Gunner: George Wegman; (8 Prisoners of War); rammed by enemy aircraft, crashed Foggia; Missing Air Crew Report 2303.

B-17 #44-83872 / Texas Raiders

B-17 #44-83872 / Texas Raiders

Delivered & Assigned US Navy Johnsville 12/7/45 as PB-1W {77235}; Assigned VX-4 Quonset Pt 5/47; Norfolk 4/50; transferred NAS 103 Quonset Pt 22/11/50; VX-4 Patuxent River 1/52; re-designated VW-2 18/6/52; Norfolk 6/53; VW-1 Atsugi, Japan 4/2/54; RetUS, Litchfield Pk 15/1/55; SO 10/7/56; AeroServ Corp, Phil 1/10/57, Civil N7227C; ACS Inc 29/12/61; Confederate AF Mercedes, Tx 22/9/67; restored as 533BS/381BG [VP-X], (based at Ridgewell, Essex, UK) at CAF Gulf Coast Wing, Spring, near Houston, Tex., performing at air shows as TEXAS RAIDERS. Mid-Air-Collision with P-63 on 12/11/2022.

B-17 #42-3363 / Punchy

B-17 #42-3363 / Punchy

Delivered Denver 25/5/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-G] Thurleigh 14/8/43; Missing in Action Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Jim Winter, Co-pilot: Bob Ashley, Bombardier: Ralph Pringle{chute caught on plane damage}, Radio Operator: Walt Rozanski, Ball turret gunner: John Olson, Waist gunner: Ray Wilson, Waist gunner: Henry Sall (7 Killed in Action), Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Hovis,Tail gunner: Otis Thomas (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2 and severely damaged wing, crashed Verwalde, near Venne, 10 miles NE of Osnabruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1716. PUNCHY.

B-17 #42-39882

B-17 #42-39882

Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/11/43; retUS Bradley 10/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

B-17 #42-39802

B-17 #42-39802

Delivered: Long Beach 5/9/43; Gr Island 324BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; MIA Wilhelmshafen 3/11/43 Pilot: Ken Rutledge, Co-Pilot: Albt Mahe, Bombardier: Tom Merit, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ray Rodenbaugh, Radio Operator: Milton Wauneka, Tail Gunner: Bob Balsey (7KIA), Navigator: Jim Peacock, Waist Gunner: Jim McIlwain, Waist Gunner: Ernie Colvin (3POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea, a mile off Neuharlingerseil, near Spiekeroog Island and mainland Germany. MACR 1153.

B-17 #43-38712 / Buddy Buddy

B-17 #43-38712 / Buddy Buddy

Delivered Gt Falls 7/9/44; Hunter 18/9/44; Grenier 26/9/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 28/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. BUDDY BUDDY.

B-17 #42-107057 / Spirit of 96

B-17 #42-107057 / Spirit of 96

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 11/4/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Noel Plowman, Co-pilot: Larry Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Cheresnik, Bombardier: Carl Hart, Radio Operator: Gordon Maxa (5 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Cameron, Ball turret gunner: Armando Oliva, Waist gunner: Frank Anderson,Tail gunner: Ken Lentz (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d tailplane just after bombs away, crashed Bad Soden, W of Frankfurt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9414. SPIRIT OF ’96.