B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies Die legendäre Boeing B-17 Fliegende Festung im Zweiten Weltkrieg und das Schicksal zu jeder einzelnen Maschine.

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31173 / Maid to Please

42-31173 / Maid to Please

Delivered Cheyenne 27/9/43; Harvard 13/10/43; Assigned: 711BS/447BG [IR-L] Rattlesden 24/11/43; MIA Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 Pilot: Julian Schrero, Navigator: Joe Lamansky, Bombardier: Lowell Doan, Radio Operator: Dee Troxell (4KIA); Co-Pilot: Merle Kent, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Howard May, Ball Turret Gunner: John Bitzer, Waist Gunner: Herman Holland, Waist Gunner: Homer Miller (5POW); Tail Gunner: Walt Dickerman (EVD); Enemy aircraft, crashed Coudray Farm, Berville, six miles NW of Mariners, 11 miles NW of Pontoise, Fr; MACR 1770, 23 pages. (first loss in group.) MAID TO PLEASE

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6513 / Boise Bell

44-6513 / Boise Bell

Delivered Lincoln 26/8/44; Grenier 11/9/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG Debach 13/9/44; base taxi accident with Milo Keltner 14/1/45; Missing in Action Munich 9/4/45 with John Silverman, John Julianelle, Stan Reisenburger, Dan Kurnick, Herb Walton, Bob Doine, Len Gokey, Bill Millan, Bernie Morrison tg, Frank O’Rourke rcm (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Munich, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13908. BOISE BELL.

B-17 #43-37673 / That’s All Jack

43-37673 / That’s All Jack

Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 7/6/44; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Kasimer Traynelis, Co-pilot: Bill Howe, Navigator: Duane Mowry, Bombardier: Paul Basye, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Laws, Radio Operator: Bob Stauffer (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: Stewart Livingston (Wounded in Action), Waist gunner: Ralph Tetu (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Henry Bouma (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Tauenbrueck, near Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11232.

B-17 #41-24464 / Excalibur

41-24464 / Excalibur

Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3,oil pouring away before #4 was feathered ditched 40 miles west of Texel Is, Holland, in North Sea; five rescued by Royal Navy minesweeper and landed at Grimsby; EXCALIBUR. 3KIA 7RTD (Rescued by Royal Navy). No MACR issued.

B-17 #42-29921 / Oklahoma Okie

42-29921 / Oklahoma Okie

Delivered Denver 13/3/43; Assigned 27BS/2BG New Castle 6/4/43; force landed Meeks Fd, Iceland with John O’Brien 17/4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-Z] Bassingbourn 23/5/43; Missing in Action 29+m Cognac 31/12/43 with Bayard Dudley, Co-pilot: Glen Neff, Bombardier: Jack Hill, Ball turret gunner: Joe Young,Tail gunner: Roy Adkins (5 Killed in Action), Navigator: Edgar Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orlin Gregory, Radio Operator: Alex Fontecchio, Waist gunner: Jim Ross, Waist gunner: Bill Hennig (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft riddled cockpit, with radio room afire, then #2, crashed Salaces, near Lesperon, 15 miles N of Dax, near Bordeaux, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1976. OKLAHOMA OKIE.

B-17 #42-30789 / Flak Suit aka Butcher Boy

42-30789 / Flak Suit aka Butcher Boy

Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Dyersburg 7/8/43; Assigned: 563BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; MIA Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 Pilot: Bill Bramwell, Co-Pilot: Bill Current, Navigator: Chas Smith, Waist Gunner: Les Meader, Ball Turret Gunner: Joe Sage (5POW); Bombardier: John Maiorca, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: H.C. Johnson, Waist Gunner: George Watt (3EVD); Radio Operator: Albertus Harrenstein{found in wreckage}, Tail Gunner: John Craig (2KIA); flak, crashed Lokeren, Belgium. MACR 3137. FLAK SUIT.

B-17 #44-83589

44-83589

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3144

42-3144

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Salina 20/3/43; Assigned 2BG Navarin 4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila 17/6/43; Massicault 31/7/43; {26m} transferred 32BS/301BG Oudna 14/11/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action {40m} Steyr, Aus. 2/4/44 with Calvin Miller, Co-pilot: Adams, Navigator: Belot, Bombardier: Reese, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dora, Radio Operator: Poe, Ball turret gunner: Nicholson, Waist gunner: Taylor, Waist gunner: Pochmursky,Tail gunner: Tiefenbrun (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Kleinrifling, Austria. Missing Air Crew Report 4197.