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.

„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 44-8601

44-8601

Delivered Lincoln 20/10/44; Dow Fd 26/11/44; Grenier 5/12/44; Assigned 652BS/25BG Watton 12/12/44; Missing in Action Atlantic weather mission 17/3/45 with ?; Missing Air Crew Report 13856.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102960

42-102960

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 6/6/44; Missing in Action Creil, Fr., 23/7/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theron Hayes, Radio Operator: Edwin Stemmie, Ball turret gunner: Jim Gross, Waist gunner: Stan Lloyd,Tail gunner: Jim Caperton (9 Returned to Duty); ran out of gas on return, ditched Channel off Selsey Bill, Sussex, all rescued by ASR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2531 / Buzz King

41-2531 / Buzz King

Delivered Sebring 29/1/42; Geiger 29/3/42; Cheyenne 14/5/42; Wendover 27/5/42; Written off 25/5/44. BUZZ KING.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107197

42-107197

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned: 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 11/4/44; MIA Pas de Calais 27/4/44 Pilot: Capt Ashley Guynn, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: John Thomas, Tail Gunner: Ernie Hernandez (3KIA); Co-Pilot: Rich Bender, n/Bombardier: Edmund Hollister, ng-S/Sgt-John Northrup, Radio Operator: George Swingle, Ball Turret Gunner: Bernie Weiss, Waist Gunner: Ed Kucinski, Waist Gunner: Chas Mouser (7POW); flak and Enemy aircraft set ship on fire which exploded, most wreckage falling in the Channel; the KIA recovered near Killem, 12 miles E of Dunkirk, Fr; MACR 4299.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30156

42-30156

Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Presque Is 16/5/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 22/6/43; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43 with Wes Courson, Co-pilot: Roy Bronson, Navigator: Ted Grezlak, Bombardier: Henry Lynch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Champion, Waist gunner: Cedric White,Tail gunner: Bill Lamb (7 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Bill Dayton, Ball turret gunner: Dock Thomas, Waist gunner: Bob Stevens{wia & drowned in River Ems} (3 Killed in Action); flak over Frisian Is took off vertical stabiliser, crashed Hofkamp Farm, Vriescheloo, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 127.

B-17 #42-30606 / El Diablo

42-30606 / El Diablo

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/43; Kearney 14/7/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-U] Thurleigh 4/8/43; Missing in Action Kiel 4/1/44 with Chas Tucker, Co-pilot: Gene McFadden, Navigator: Owen Johnson, Bombardier: Sid Passin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arthur Pahl, Radio Operator: Sam Covino, Ball turret gunner: Larry Neuhauser, Waist gunner: Milton Badeaux, Waist gunner: Stephen Korba,Tail gunner: John Bentley (10 Prisoner of War); flak damage, crash landed sandbank S of Romo Is, in North Frisian Isles. Missing Air Crew Report 1681. EL DIABLO.