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 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2446

B-17 #41-2446

Delivered with John Haig to Fort Douglas 6/12/41; Sacramento SAD 8/12/41 for armament installation Assigned 14RS/19BG; with Capt Fred Eaton to Hickam 17/12/41, then to Wheeler and att. USN for search missions, bomb. Sgt J.J. Trelia went sick and replaced by Rich Oliver; 11/2/42 and trans. 22BS/7BG, Garbutt, Aus 20/2/42; transferred 14RS/19BG Hickham); on mission from Townsville to attack Japanese shipping at Rabual, with Capt Fred Eaton, Co-pilot: Capt Henry Harlow, Navigator: George Munro, Bombardier: Rich Oliver, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Lemieux, Radio Operator: Harry Soresen, Waist gunner: Russ Crawford, Waist gunner: Bill Schwartz,Tail gunner: John Hall; suffered battle damage, ran out of gas and bellied in Agaiambo Swamp, Papua New Guinea 23/3/42 on its first mission; days later the crew battled its way through jungle and back to base by 1/4/42. After a long litigation process with PNG government, including collector David Tallichet, it eventually returned to USA June 2010, to “Planes of Fame“ at Chino 8/12/10, by Jan 2013 the fuselage was readied for Hawaii and back to US. Curator of Pacific Aviation Museum, Ken DeHoff, is confident the $5 million dollars will be obtained for restoration. SWAMP GHOST.

B-17 #42-102925

B-17 #42-102925

Delivered Cheyenne 18/4/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Dow Fd 17/5/44; Assigned 347BS/99BG Tortorella 20/5/44; battle damaged {57m} Ploesti 9/7/44 with Fred Henry (Returned to Duty), Roberts, Fox, Johannaber, Salter, Scarborough, Triplett (348th), six bailed out; #3 engine on fire, but Henry, Peddycord, Wilkins, Meisel put it out and fly home; Salvaged 23/9/44; from repair 4/10/44, crashed on take off 9/12/44 and destoyed.

B-17 #42-97583 / Blue Champagne

B-17 #42-97583 / Blue Champagne

Delivered Denver 29/12/43; 1SAG Langley 11/1/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 2/3/44; transferred 32BS/301BG Lucera 9/4/44; transferred 774BS/463BG Celone 4/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 5/5/44 with Rich Fontaneau, Co-pilot: Nat Drutman, Navigator: Alphonse Adams, Bombardier: Chester Haas [Gp. Bomb.], Waist gunner: Don McDowell (5POW/ Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norbert Kemper, Radio Operator: Ray Svatos, Ball turret gunner: John Cullen,Tail gunner: Howard Sippel (4 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Moreni; Missing Air Crew Report 4712. BLUE CHAMPAGNE.

B-17 #43-38001 / Old Miss Agnis

B-17 #43-38001 / Old Miss Agnis

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 10/7/44; transferred 835BS/486BG [H8-B] Sudbury 27/10/44; {58m} Missing in Action Dresden 17/4/45 with Dick Allbright, Co-pilot: Bob Miller, Navigator: Carl Runge, Bombardier: Milton Carmack, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Merle Davison, Radio Operator: Junior Raines, Ball turret gunner: Edgar Coghill, Waist gunner: Styles Westbrook,Tail gunner: Bernie Poole (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed near Saaz, Czecko.. Missing Air Crew Report 14197. (last 486 crew shot down) OH MISS AGNES.

B-17 #42-31373 / Flakstop

B-17 #42-31373 / Flakstop

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-V] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Chas Wagner, Radio Operator: Francis Shaffer, Waist gunner: Joe Tracey, Waist gunner: Fred Richmond,Tail gunner: George James (5 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Freeman (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Alan Willis, Navigator: Clyde Martin, Bombardier: Henry Gladys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don PorterWounded in Action (4 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Staphorst-de-Leijen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2916. FLAKSTOP.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38572

B-17 #43-38572

Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Hunter 27/8/44; Grenier 6/9/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Molesworth 26/9/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Chas Railing, Co-pilot: Howard McCarl, Navigator: Meyer Liebovitz, Bombardier: Louis H. Willson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Mellon, Radio Operator: Bill Hanna, Ball turret gunner: Larry Burgeson, Waist gunner: Lorne Cole,Tail gunner: Ralph Barber (9 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft et right wing on fire, crashed Schladen, S of Brunswick, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9409.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5172 / Thunderbird

B-17 #42-5172 / Thunderbird

Delivered Tulsa 5/10/42; Salina 21/1/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 26/3/43; Missing in Action 4m Bremen 17/4/43 with Harold H. Beasley, Co-pilot: Walter L. McCain, Jr. (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Harry Sipe, Bombardier: Matt Michaels, Radio Operator: Mark Schaefer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jay Franklin, Ball turret gunner: Jim Branch, Waist gunner: John Cagle,Tail gunner: Ed Jediak, Waist gunner: Everett Creason (8 Prisoner of War); flak damage, crew bailed over Bruchhausen, while ship crashed Beckeln, near Harpstedt, 12 miles SW of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15521. THUNDERBIRD.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39831 / Angelina Belle

B-17 #42-39831 / Angelina Belle

Delivered Long Beach 14/9/43; Gr Island 5/10/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 21/10/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Capt John Booker, Co-pilot: Maj Wilson Todd{327 CO}, Navigator: John Bradley, Bombardier: Bob Wilkins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Warren, Radio Operator: Porfirio Garcia, Ball turret gunner: John Hancock, Waist gunner: Gene Simpson, Waist gunner: Ray Cupp,Tail gunner: Lt Jim McAvoy (9POW – 1 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed S of Vierlingsbeek, Holl. Missing Air Crew Report 1383.

B-17 #44-8222

B-17 #44-8222

Delivered Dallas 13/7/44; Langley 12/8/44; Grenier 12/9/44; Assigned PFF 508BS/351BG [YB-A] Polebrook 23/9/44; 509BS [RQ-A]; battle damaged 4m Politz 7/10/44 with Art Bartzocas, Co-pilot: Lt Col Benoid Glawe, Navigator: Carlton Mendall, Bombardier: Saymore Levinson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Kline, Radio Operator: Lou Waters, Ball turret gunner: Joe Massara, Waist gunner: Paul Waxler,Tail gunner: Lt Allen Pollyea, Lt Tom Clarke M.Op (10INT); flak, two engines out, force landed Sovde, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 9565; Ret UK 29/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 9/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 1/12/45.

B-17 #42-5070 / Invasion 2nd aka Hellzapoppin

B-17 #42-5070 / Invasion 2nd aka Hellzapoppin

Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O’Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Goldstein, Radio Operator: Bill King, Ball turret gunner: Benedict Borostowski, Waist gunner: Aaron Yuell, Waist gunner: Chas Melchiondo,Tail gunner: Eldon Lapp (10 Prisoner of War); flak set cockpit and wings alight, crashed Nikolausdorf, near Oldenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15519. INVASION II (2nd).