„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 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31384 / Buckeye Babe

42-31384 / Buckeye Babe

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-T] Polebrook 20/1/44; Missing in Action 103m Paderborn 17/1/45 with Marius Della-Cieppe, Co-pilot: Dell Harvey, Navigator: Spurgeon Clark, Bombardier: Walt Saltys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Smith, Radio Operator: Ed Venezia, Ball turret gunner: George Shearer, Waist gunner: Herman Fancher,Tail gunner: Jim Fager (9 Prisoner of War); en route to target, three engines threw oil and losing height, force landed in Holland; Missing Air Crew Report 12000. BUCKEYE BABE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37978

43-37978

Delivered Cheyenne 12/6/44; Hunter 7/7/44; Dow Fd 25/7/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-J] Polebrook 7/8/44; {48m} Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8539

44-8539

Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/44; Hunter 1/11/44; Grenier 13/11/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-Q] Podington 30/12/44; transferred 306BG Thurleigh 7/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31238 / Devils Ball

42-31238 / Devils Ball

Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Nashville 27/10/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-A] Polebrook 23/12/43; {64m} Mannheim 8/9/44, with John Haba, Co-pilot: Clinton Cavett, Navigator: Gene Hooks, Bombardier: Bob McGlohon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Clinton, Radio Operator: Jim Singleton, Ball turret gunner: Roy Morrison, Waist gunner: Ray McCloskey (8 Killed in Service);Tail gunner: Don Holihan (Returned to Duty), aircraft iced up badly during wing assembly and crashed Langtoft Common, near Market Deeping, Lincs. UK; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 9/9/44. DEVIL’S BALL.

B-17 #42-97068 / Key Bird

42-97068 / Key Bird

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 9/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 26/2/44; (41m) Missing in Action Hannover 18/6/44 with John Bullard, Co-pilot: Bill Moore, Navigator: Bill Holmes, Bombardier: Darrell Stevens, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Casselman, Radio Operator: Pierre Bordelon, Ball turret gunner: Phil Reed, Waist gunner: J. Gioiosa, Waist gunner: Austin Herten,Tail gunner: Lorenzo Jarrett (10 Killed in Action); crashed North Sea, about 25 miles NW of Texel Is, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 5954 (?5956). KEY BIRD.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38130 / Texas Belle

43-38130 / Texas Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Hunter 15/7/44; Dow Fd 24/7/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-K] Polebrook 10/8/44; {70m} RetUS, force landed two miles W of Hartford, CT with Don Drought 13/6/45; 121 BU Bradley 30/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14/12/45. TEXAS BELLE.