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 #44-8005

B-17 #44-8005

Delivered Dallas 11/5/44; Langley 28/6/44; Grenier 27/7/44; Assigned 97BG PFF Amendola 6/8/44; Returned to the USA Morrison 25/3/45; 4100 BU Patterson 29/3/45; Recl Comp 2/5/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97594 / Dry Gulcher

B-17 #42-97594 / Dry Gulcher

Delivered Denver 31/12/43; Salt Lake City 4/1/44; 1SAG Langley 25/1/44; Presque Is 27/2/44; Assigned: 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 27/4/44; Transferred: 532BS/381BG [VE-B] Ridgewell 5/7/44; crash: takeoff for Peenemunde, at Shalford, Ex. UK 4/8/44 Pilot: George Hanley Cuppernall, Co-Pilot: Capt Irving Moore, Navigator: Russ Hadley, Bombardier: Chas Young, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Earl Yankton, Radio Operator: Frank Heinze, obs-Capt Francis Hawkins, Waist Gunner: Loren Murphy, Waist Gunner: Lt Jim Sneed (9RTD), Tail Gunner: Harry Norris (KIA), of the rest only Heinze & Murphy not wia; Salvaged. 5/8/44. DRY GULCHER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3101 / Man O’ War

B-17 #42-3101 / Man O’ War

Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/43; Presque Is 28/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Alconbury 1/5/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP- ] Ridgewell 21/7/43; Missing in Action 3+m Gilze Rijen 19/8/43 with Orlando Koenig535, Co-pilot: Joe Mangarpan, Navigator: Leon Spivey535, Bombardier: Ed O’Loughlin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo Perkins535, Waist gunner: Russ Chester (6 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Walt Buran535, Waist gunner: Wilbert Jones535, Radio Operator: Art Everett535,Tail gunner: Gene Sabourin (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft caused severe battle damaged and aircraft disintegrated, crashed Oud-Rozenberg, W of Rotterdam, Hol., taking four to their deaths. Missing Air Crew Report 662. MAN O’ WAR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30290 / Lucky Lady II

B-17 #42-30290 / Lucky Lady II

Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned: 338BS/96BG [BX–] Snetterton 12/6/43; MIA Kassel 30/7/43 Pilot: Carmelo Pelusi, Navigator: Mayer Hurwitz, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Walter Koch, Ball Turret Gunner: Bob Holleman, Waist Gunner: Earl McCloy (5KIA); Co-Pilot: Don Falk, Bombardier: Bruce Yarwood, Radio Operator: Delbert Williams, Waist Gunner: Don Ross, Tail Gunner: Elmon Fisk (5POW); Enemy aircraft, two engines out, another smoking, so jettisoned bomb load, crashed Tielrode, 12 miles W of Antwerp, Belgium. MACR 145. LUCKY LADY II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6182

B-17 #44-6182

Delivered Tulsa 25/5/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 5/7/44; Missing in Action {51m} Blechhammer 2/12/44 with Harvey Webb, Timberlake, Oonk, Pepon, Monroe, Corns, Freeman, Burkett, Manzer, Brousseau; flak, crashed Ratibor; no witnesses, only a radio call to lead ship at 12.45hrs; Missing Air Crew Report 10030.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38898 / Hitler’s Hoe Doe aka Blind Date

B-17 #43-38898 / Hitler’s Hoe Doe aka Blind Date

Delivered Lincoln 6/10/44; Grenier 15/10/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 14/11/44 HITLER’S HO DO; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Paul Pucylowski, Co-pilot: Harry Yarnes, tog-A.H. Zichterman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Way, Radio Operator: Joe Noxon, Ball turret gunner: Stuart Mitchell, Waist gunner: Earl Green,Tail gunner: Bob Landes (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John Kelleher (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Tutow, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 12295. BLIND DATE.

B-17 #42-102547 / Rose of York

B-17 #42-102547 / Rose of York

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 2/5/44; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-F] Thurleigh 5/5/44; Missing in Action 63M Berlin 3/2/45 with Vernon Daley, Co-pilot: Joe Carbine, Navigator: Paul Becker, Bombardier: Bob Crede, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reisel Horn, Radio Operator: Pofirio Marquez, Ball turret gunner: George Petrillo, Waist gunner: Silvio DeZolt,Tail gunner: Okey Coplin, BBC press-Guy Byam (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Channel; Missing Air Crew Report 12283. ROSE OF YORK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5248

B-17 #42-5248

Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Salina 16/12/42; Assigned 342BS/97BG Biskra 28/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Missing in Action Trapani 13/4/43 with 1Lt George Danish, 1Lt William B Teague, 1Lt Everett O Golden, 1Lt Durwood W Ward, S/Sgt Leon L Schuman, S/Sgt Mitchell Tomkowicz, S/Sgt William A Thompson, S/Sgt William E Morgan, Sgt Harvey D Nelson, T/Sgt Jay B Kitchen (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Mediterranean Sea, Missing Air Crew Report 16526.

B-17 #42-3072

B-17 #42-3072

Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/43; Assigned 94BG Presque Is 4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bassingbourn 15/9/43; 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 27/9/43; Returned to the USA 21/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/1/45.

B-17 #44-8702 / Forever Amber

B-17 #44-8702 / Forever Amber

Delivered Lincoln 2/12/44; Dow Field 16/12/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG Lavenham 20/2/45; 836BS [2G-S]; 838BS [2C-S]; Missing in Action Briest 10/4/45 with Max Hauenstein (evaded capture); Eduardo DeLachica (Killed in Action); Joel Jolet, Bill Fitzsimons, Ernie Lewis, Oliver Poindexter, Guy Marinello, Laverne “Doug” Walker, Merle Goss (7 Prisoner of War); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Burg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13884. FOREVER AMBER.