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 #42-5763 / Bomb Boogie

B-17 #42-5763 / Bomb Boogie

Delivered Long Beach 29/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; Missing in Action 17m Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Elwood Arp, Co-pilot: Howard Sherman, Bombardier: Chauncey Hicks returned via Spain, Ball turret gunner: Russ Hatton (4 evaded capture), Navigator: Nathan Weltman captured in Paris Dec 43, ttg-Ray Thompson, Radio Operator: John Wenninghoff, Waist gunner: Norbert Swierz, Waist gunner: Dean Millward,Tail gunner: Don Hayes (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Mons-en-Pevele, near Lille, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 514. BOMB-BOOGIE.

B-17 #42-102609

B-17 #42-102609

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned: 365BS/305BG [XK-B] Chelveston 30/4/44; battle damage Delitzsch, Germany. 16/8/44 Pilot: Chas Laverdierre, Art Leuthhesser, Warren Shepler, Warren Walhauser, Earl Harris, Leo Korland (6RTD); Salvatore Pepitone (POW); Don Gault, Leroy Marsh (2KIA); Salvaged. 2 SAD 17/8/44. MACR 8435.

B-17 #42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy G

B-17 #42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy G

Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-J/B2] Earls Colne 5/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43 MISSY G; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/6/44 with Theo Milton inc 447BG crew, Co-pilot: Dave Gerrits, Navigator: Marvin Stokes, Bombardier: Gene Lightfoot, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edgar Sikes, Radio Operator: Jim Wolfe, Ball turret gunner: Hugh Crimmins, Waist gunner: Dewey Rhoads, Waist gunner: Willard Laney,Tail gunner: Art Gruneisen (10 Killed in Action); flak hit near Alderney, ditched Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 5901. IDIOTS’ DELIGHT.

B-17 #43-37919 / Rio Tinto

B-17 #43-37919 / Rio Tinto

Delivered Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned: 550BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 2/7/44; {5m} battle damage Merseburg 25/11/44 Pilot: ‘; forced landing Hermée, north of Liège, Belgium. ; Salvaged. 16/12/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30372 / Shack Rabbit III

B-17 #42-30372 / Shack Rabbit III

Delivered Cheyenne 24/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned: 413BS/96BG [MZ-P] Snetterton 26/6/43; MIA Duren 20/10/43 Pilot: Robert Zane Grimes, Navigator: James D. McElroy, Bombardier: Charles W. Carlson; Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Theodore Ralph Kellers, Ball Turret Gunner: Robert William Metlen, Waist Gunner: Harold T. Sheets (6 EVD); Co-Pilot: Arthur Charles Pickett, Radio Operator: Frederick William McManus, Waist Gunner: Jerome Chester Nawracaj, Tail Gunner: George C. Janser (4KIA); Enemy aircraft, crashed two miles E of Blaton, 12 miles NE of Mons,, Belgium. MACR 1017. SHACK RABBIT II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8348 / Nutty Huzzy

B-17 #44-8348 / Nutty Huzzy

Delivered Dallas 17/8/44; Langley 5/9/44; Grenier 21/9/44; Assigned as SH aircraft 602BS/398BG [K8-A] Nuthampstead 2/11/44; 603BS [N7-B]; (4m) Missing in Action {PFF} Merseburg 21/11/44 with Ken Hastings (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Ken Buzza, Navigator: Oral Birch, Bombardier: Chas Wilbur, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Spraggins, Radio Operator: John McMenamin, Ball turret gunner: Dave Morgan, rwg-Jack Madlung, rad nav-Lt Marvin Laufer {lwg},Tail gunner: Gene Minchoff (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Mosbach, near Eisenach, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 10412. NUTTY HUZZY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30280 / Crazy Horse

B-17 #42-30280 / Crazy Horse

Delivered Boeing (by land) 17/6/43 (H2X); Wright Fd 5/7/43; Rome 21/7/43; Patterson 3/8/43; Kansas City 8/8/43; Gd Island 22/9/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-L] Alconbury 30/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Capt Gerald Binks (Com P, evd. then arrested Liege 27/5/44), Co-pilot: John Baber, Navigator: Ed Horner, Bombardier: Bill Barrett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Kennedy, Radio Operator: Steve Martin, Ball turret gunner: Henry Raemer, Waist gunner: Bruce Long,Tail gunner: Bill Blake (9 Prisoner of War); Ex nav-Charles Haupt, Ex nav-Joel Punches (ret UK 15/9/44), Waist gunner: Harry Booth (3 evaded capture); p-Ralph Holcombe (KIA-body washed up 04/05/44); mech problem, two engines out, on return attacked by Fw 190 over Zwolle ditched in lake IJsselmeer, nine kilometers SW of Harderwijk, Netherlands; Missing Air Crew Report 2470. CRAZY HORSE. (Remains recovered August 1970.)

B-17 #43-37831 / Lady Velma

B-17 #43-37831 / Lady Velma

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Hunter 5/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-C] Framlingham 17/6/44; Missing in Action Hannover 14/3/45 with Willard Kast, John Romkema, Bob Peterson, Dan McKinney, Paul Akosevich, John Popesen, Dorsett Shipman, Clyde Belveal, Julian Budziak (9 Killed in Action); Francis Nix (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-102972 (390BG), crashed Wulften, near Gottingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13024. LADY VELMA.

B-17 #42-30032 / Sky Queen

B-17 #42-30032 / Sky Queen

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 6/6/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-D] Grafton Underwood 9/6/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/7/43 with Bill Dietzel, Co-pilot: Jacques Riddel, Navigator: Herb Funk, Bombardier: Clyde Davis, Ball turret gunner: Larry Dunmeyer, Waist gunner: Ed Amory, Waist gunner: Jack Mason,Tail gunner: Wyman Martin, obs-Lt Ken Dutton (9 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howie Adams, Radio Operator: Salvatore Perrotti (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft Ko’d #3, crashed Kortwoude, near Opeinde, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 15165. SKY QUEEN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31014 / Smoky Stover Jr.

B-17 #42-31014 / Smoky Stover Jr.

Delivered Cheyenne 3/9/43; Gr Isle 27/9/43; Assigned: 337BS/96BG [AW-A] Snetterton 28/10/43; MIA Zwickau 12/5/44 Pilot: Wilford Kinman, Co-Pilot: Warren Felty, Navigator: Dave Reid{wia}, Bombardier: Bill Montgomery{wia}, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Irwin Hubbard, Radio Operator: Milton Chandler, Ball Turret Gunner: Walter Olds, Waist Gunner: Ernie Nonneman, Waist Gunner: Chas Lee, Tail Gunner: Rufus Ward (10POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed Beienheim, near Friedberg, 10 miles north of Frankfurt, Germany. MACR 5093. SMOKY STOVER JR.