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 #41-24497 / Mizpah II

41-24497 / Mizpah II

Delivered ? ?; with Jim Dale force landed Berry Fd, Nashville, TN 15/8/42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-P] Westover 16/8/42; Bassingbourn 30/9/42; Missing in Action on the aircraft’s 26th mission, to Stuttgart on 6 September 1943 with Pilot William R. Cox; Co-pilot: William R. James; Navigator: Edgar L. Richardson; Bombardier: James E. Harlow; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester B. Schlaich; Radio Operator: Kerrane A. Smallidge; Ball turret gunner: Henry A. Griswold Jr; Waist gunner: Paul DeMidio, Waist gunner: James H. Witter; Tail gunner: William B. McCrea (10 Returned to Duty); ditched Channel close to shore and all rescued by coast guard.

B-17 #44-6429

44-6429

Delivered Lincoln 31/7/44; Grenier 21/8/44; Assigned 353BS/301BG Lucera 7/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45.

B-17 #44-6872

44-6872

Delivered Hunter 7/12/44; Dow Fd 19/12/44; Assigned 419BS/301BG Lucera 9/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/7/45; Wright Fd 27/7/45; Cleveland 6/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 12/2/46.

B-17 #42-97468 / Tujunga III

42-97468 / Tujunga III

Delivered Cheyenne 24/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned: 750BS/457BG [N] Glatton 27/1/44; battle damage Augsburg 25/2/44 Pilot: Bob Lane, rest ‚, Waist Gunner: Winfred Kincaid; flak hit on #3, needed salvo of loose equipment to get back to RAF base on South Coast, but crash-landed France. Salvaged. 10/8/44. TUJUNGA III.

B-17 #42-97087 / Tujunga!

42-97087 / Tujunga!

Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 1/3/44; transferred 748BS/457BG [M] Glatton 2/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Byron Schiffman, Co-pilot: Bill Barton, Navigator: Irving Cohen (3 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Finn Firing, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Westwood, Radio Operator: Nathan Mostow, Ball turret gunner: Wilbur Epley, Waist gunner: John Wilkerson, Waist gunner: Alf Kunz,Tail gunner: Vernon Nelson (7 Killed in Action); flak, spiralled down before exploding, crashed Perlach, SE of Munich, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7829. TUJUNGA !

B-17 #42-97785

42-97785

Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Denver 6/3/44; Alexandra 21/3/45; 215 BU Pueblo 27/8/44; 221 BU Alexandra 8/11/44; 329 BU Alexandra 1/3/45; 326 BU MacDill 8/6/45; 324 BU Chatham 16/6/45; 326 BU MacDill 28/6/45; 327 BU Drew 3/7/45; 326 BU MacDill 9/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 19/10/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-32001

42-32001

Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 28/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Wilmington 25/2/44; Drew 9/4/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-N] Podington 23/4/44; crashed on take off for mission and burned out 20/5/44, with Jack Pearl, Co-pilot: Bill Hall, Navigator: Clarry Hutson, Bombardier: Tom Cassidy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dennis Sembler, Radio Operator: Frank Giordono, Ball turret gunner: Bill McClean, Waist gunner: Ed Thomas, Waist gunner: Bill Dunbar,Tail gunner: Jim Morin (10 Killed in Service), crashed in woods at end of runway; Salvaged.

B-17 #42-5243 / FDR’s Potato Peeler Kids

42-5243 / FDR’s Potato Peeler Kids

Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Wendover 5/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 29/1/43; Missing in Action Kiel 14/5/43 with Capt Ross Bales, Co-pilot: Walt Dooley, Navigator: Dan McColl, Bombardier: Rhude Mathis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Kilgore, Radio Operator: Ray Winter, Ball turret gunner: Joe Zsampar, Waist gunner: Jack Snell, Waist gunner: Francis O’Reilly body washed up 10/8/43,Tail gunner: Ed Van Ravenstein (10 Killed in Action); shot down by enemy aircraft; ditched near Heligoland Is, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15593. F.D.R.’s POTATO PEELER KIDS.