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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3093 / Nobodys Darling

42-3093 / Nobodys Darling

Delivered Denver 18/2/43; Presque Is 5/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG 4/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-K] Polebrook 11/7/43; on return from (8m) Merignac 31/12/43 with Rob Chalmers, Co-pilot: Francis Nedham, Navigator: ??, Bombardier: Ferris Martin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Skinner, Radio Operator: Winston Hapgood, Ball turret gunner: Chas Newberry, Waist gunner: Hubert Butler, Waist gunner: Art Novres,Tail gunner: Guy Meredith (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Burnham-on-Sea, Som. UK; 2 SAD, Salvaged 3/1/44. NOBODY’S DARLIN‘.

B-17 #41-24561 / Sure Stuff aka The Duchess

41-24561 / Sure Stuff aka The Duchess

Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over Vegasack 18/3/43 with Capt Harry Stouse, Navigator: Jesse Elliott, brought damaged ship home with severely wounded Jack Mathis-b (awarded posthumous MOH). SURE STUFF aka THE DUCHESS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29864


Delivered Cheyenne 28/2/43; Gore 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Bangor 28/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 3/5/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Courtney Browne, Navigator: Stan Cohen, Bombardier: Chas Dunham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Louis Nima, Ball turret gunner: Chas Johnson, Waist gunner: Carl Louis, Waist gunner: Melvin Eckert,Tail gunner: Jim Franklin (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Harry Hodgin, Radio Operator: Clarry Mertz (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed between Mull and Dorpen, Ger. close to Dutch border. Missing Air Crew Report 1759.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24420 / Caroline aka Super Snooper aka G.I. Jr

41-24420 / Caroline aka Super Snooper aka G.I. Jr

Delivered Cheyenne 8/7/42; Hamilton 13/8/42; Assigned 28BS/19BG Mareeba, Aus 21/8/42; transferred 64BS/43BG, then 65BS at Fenton, Aus, 2/8/42; Mareeba, Aus 21/1/43; transferred 54TCW 11/43, modified at Garbut, Aus for 58TCS/375TCG; Port Moresby, NG 10/7/43; Dobodura, NG 19/8/43; Port Moresby, NG 21/12/43, used for supply drops from Finchhafen to Los Negros Is.; WO, ret US & sal 23/7/46. SUPER SNOOPER

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31239


Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Nashville 29/10/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-N] Molesworth 18/11/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 24/2/44 with Marshall Smith, Co-pilot: Francis Palecek, Bombardier: Ed Troy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Andy Dick, Radio Operator: Edwin Frolick, Ball turret gunner: Gustaf Simon, Waist gunner: Herman Stauter, Waist gunner: John Schor (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ed Neuwirth,Tail gunner: Walter Fugate (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Landmark Hungen, 12 miles SE of Giessen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2763.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24566 / Zombie

41-24566 / Zombie

Assigned 303BG/359BS [BN-W] at Alamogordo Field, New Mexico on 23-Jun-42. Stationed at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan until 3-Oct-42 when it went to Bangor, Maine for deployment to England.; Molesworth 25-Oct-42. Shot down 20-Dec-42 by enemy aircraft, crashed in Channel, off Dieppe, France while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 10KIA MACR 15708.