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 #42-5147 / Old Ironsides

B-17 #42-5147 / Old Ironsides

Delivered Cheyenne 4/10/42; West Palm Beach 12/12/42; Assigned 414BS/97BG Biskra 22/12/42; Chateau-du-Rhumel 3/2/43; coll with 41-24415 Palermo with Payne 9/5/43, nose sheared off but returned safely to base and repaired; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; Missing in Action Frascati 8/9/43; flak, crashed ? ; Missing Air Crew Report 720. OLD IRONSIDES.

B-17 #41-24345

B-17 #41-24345

Assigned 326BG/92BG Bovingdon /42; 342BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; Maison Blanche, Alg 20/11//42; 20BG/2BG Massicault, Tun 14/11/43; Missing in Action Athens {5m} 20/12/43 with Bill Slaughter, Co-pilot: Bob Ogletree, Bombardier: Clarry Lanham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Buell, Ball turret gunner: Durwood Clem, Radio Operator: Belton Stamphill, Ball turret gunner: Hubert Isabelle, Waist gunner: Stan Cwiek,Tail gunner: Harlow Nowell (9 evaded capture – looked after by Greeks); Navigator: Bill Nehila (Prisoner of War); #2 & 3 engines out and #4 on fire, 9 bailed. Missing Air Crew Report 1514.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5860 / Poontang aka Escape Kit

B-17 #42-5860 / Poontang aka Escape Kit

Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Denver 2/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill Fd 17/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43 as POONTANG (never painted on); Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Curtis Biddick, Co-pilot: Dick Snyder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Godbey, Radio Operator: Bob DeKay (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Dennis, Bombardier: Dan McKay, Ball turret gunner: Walt Halunka, Waist gunner: Howard Brock, Waist gunner: Bill Blank,Tail gunner: Clarence Bowlin (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit nose which caught fire, crashed Schweinberg, 18 miles SW of Wurtzburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 675. ESCAPE KIT.

B-17 #42-97514

B-17 #42-97514

Delivered Denver 7/12/43; Cincinnati 12/1/44; Morrison 26/1/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 29/1/44; transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-H] Chelveston (H2X) 20/3/44; 482BG Alconbury 6/7/44; 350BS/100BG [LN-P] Thorpe Abbotts 20/5/45; Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 14/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 5/1/46.

B-17 #42-97890 /  L’il Satan aka Queen of Hearts

B-17 #42-97890 / L’il Satan aka Queen of Hearts

Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 28/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Joe Simoncini (Prisoner of War), force landed RAF Hunsdon, Herts; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Chas Rutledge, Navigator: Stan Pain (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Tom Martin, Bombardier: Dave Anderson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Doyle Poling, Radio Operator: Ellis Pierson, Ball turret gunner: Cliff Rondou, Waist gunner: Arthur Green,Tail gunner: Kyle Brown (7 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Niederndodeleben, W of Magdeberg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9364. LIL SATAN aka QUEEN OF HEARTS.

B-17 #43-37913 / Seattle Sleeper

B-17 #43-37913 / Seattle Sleeper

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 29/6/44; Missing in Action 25m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with John Stevens; enemy aircraft, exploded & crashed Haulerwijk, Hol; (?6 evaded capture 3POW?); Missing Air Crew Report 10837. SEATTLE SLEEPER.

B-17 #42-31193 / Little Boots

B-17 #42-31193 / Little Boots

Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Gt Falls 14/10/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Capt. Robert Beers, Co-pilot: Howard Byrne, Navigator: Harry Gershon, Bombardier: Bill Ritch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Young (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Nunzio Paola, Ball turret gunner: Allen Craft, Waist gunner: Franklin Grigg, Waist gunner: Ken Lynn, Tail gunner: John Turvey (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, wing on fire, crashed Worms, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2274. LITTLE BOOTS.

B-17 #42-30758 / Rosie’s Riveters aka Satcha Lass

B-17 #42-30758 / Rosie’s Riveters aka Satcha Lass

Delivered Cheyenne 24/7/43; Dyersburg 7/8/43; Dalhart 15/8/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-W] Thorpe Abbotts 31/8/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Ross McPhee, Co-pilot: Fred Nelson, Navigator: Martin Keker, Bombardier: Bernie Levine, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon Scarlett, Radio Operator: Herb Shope, Ball turret gunner: Libero Bernagozzi, Waist gunner: Blon Pate, Waist gunner: Dave Shaw,Tail gunner: Jake Delemar (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crash landed in meadow, near Bonn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2344. SATCHA LASS aka ROSIE’S RIVETERS.

B-17 #42-37826 / No Excuse

B-17 #42-37826 / No Excuse

Delivered Denver 13/9/43; Scott 28/9/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 30/9/43; with R.L. Carson force landed Scaulthorpe AFB 13/11/434; 17m, Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Chas Cole, Co-pilot: Jim Boswell, Navigator: Frank McKenna (3 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Luth Graeff, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Kushnerick, Radio Operator: Bob Maddox, Ball turret gunner: Santo Cerniglia, Waist gunner: Sam Johnston, Waist gunner: Chas Harris,Tail gunner: Joe Menendez (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed in street at Engden-Schuttorf, near Jackering, SE of Nordhorn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2543. NO EXCUSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107024

B-17 #42-107024

Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-B] Thorpe Abbotts 6/3/44; Missing in Action Sottevast 28/4/44 with Col Bob Kelly[Gp CO], Co-pilot: Capt Bill Lakin, Navigator: Capt Joe Payne, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Brown, Waist gunner: John Spiker, obs-T/Sgt Delbert Barnhart{Fighter Gp} (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Maurice Cain, Radio Operator: Leo Cannon, Ball turret gunner: Albt Freitas,Tail gunner: Lt Herb Alf (5 Prisoner of War); two flak hits in nose, crashed Croix Jacob, S of Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4234.