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 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24429 / Dumbo

B-17 #41-24429 / Dumbo

Delivered Cheyenne 1/7/42; with Capt Jim Ellis to Australia 29/6/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Mareeba, Aus 3/8/42; t/o 7 Mile Drome, Port Moresby, Missing in Action Finchhaven, NG 4/12/42 with Lewis A. Anderson, Co-pilot: Bill Box, Navigator: Bob Schleh, Bombardier: Joe Conde, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Archi Hodge, Radio Operator: Vernon Kaylor, Ball turret gunner: Rich Keeley, Waist gunner: Milton Kelkey,Tail gunner: Albert Nies (9 Killed in Action);. Written off 5/12/42. Crew remains found by RAAF in 1946 in wreck. Missing Air Crew Report 15685. DUMBO.

B-17 #44-6442

B-17 #44-6442

Delivered Kearney 5/8/44; Grenier 24/8/44; 273 BU Lincoln 4/9/44; Assigned 340BS/97BG Amendola 15/9/44; Missing in Action Kalmaki A/fd, Greece 21/1/45 with John Potkalitsky, Cummings, Hill, Chapman, Poovey, Gorman {Wounded in Action}, Shea, McKinlay, Whalen {Wounded in Action}, Couvillion {Wounded in Action}; ditched, all rescued.

B-17 #41-24547 / Vertigo

B-17 #41-24547 / Vertigo

Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-P] Bangor 10/9/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; Missing in Action 9+m St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Bob Rand, Navigator: Don Sternglanz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry King, Waist gunner: Thad Kusowski,Tail gunner: Dick Shurnard (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Major Mo Rosener (94BG CO-wia), Bombardier: Walt Wawrzynek, Radio Operator: Dave Hatch, Ball turret gunner: Jim Farrar, Waist gunner: Alvar Platt (5 Prisoner of War); several enemy aircraft attacked, KO’d #2 and set cockpit ablaze, ditched Channel about four miles of Brest and quickly sank. Missing Air Crew Report 3573. VERTIGO.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador

B-17 #42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador

Delivered Denver 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Gustav Hoehn, Navigator: Don Modarelli, Radio Operator: Byron Wiberg{wia, but died in hospital four days later}, Ball turret gunner: Pete Zaskiewicz (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: George Owens, Bombardier: Lieudell Bauer{evd but captured in Maastricht 31/3/44}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Rigdon, Waist gunner: Harlan Mann, Waist gunner: Ed Hincks,Tail gunner: Gerry Brinker (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zwolle sportsground avoiding town, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 3140. BERLIN AMBASSADOR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97148

B-17 #42-97148

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-A] Rattlesden 7/3/44; Missing in Action Hannover 18/6/44 with Ken Schreiner, Co-pilot: Carroll Knutson, Navigator: Cliff Kulenburg, Bombardier: Gene Richardson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hall, Radio Operator: Herb Ruggles, Ball turret gunner: Jacob Long, Waist gunner: George Wolters, Waist gunner: Leon Swift,Tail gunner: Jim Jones (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed mountains near Egestorf, 11 miles SW of Hannover, Ger.{as per German Air Force Comman records). Missing Air Crew Report 5903.

B-17 #42-32109 / Mizpah

B-17 #42-32109 / Mizpah

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; MacDill 5/2/44; Morrison 9/3/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Tortorella 13/3/44; Missing in Action Budapest 14/7/44 with 1Lt Ewald A Swanson, 2Lt Paul Berndt, Gramenzi, Simonelli, Hish, Bell, Kelley, Tucker (8 Prisoner of War); Henderson, Dudley (2 Killed in Action); flak, nose blown off, crashed Solt; Missing Air Crew Report 6901. MIZPAH.

B-17 #42-5906 / Sondra Kay

B-17 #42-5906 / Sondra Kay

Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [–E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank Broach, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herman Ball, Radio Operator: Don Gromis, Ball turret gunner: George Martin, Waist gunner: Otto Kloza, Waist gunner: Francis Curry,Tail gunner: Joshua Lewis (10 Killed in Action); crash landed Upper Cilgee Farm, Llanure, two miles from Llandrindod Wells, Wales, after being diverted to RAF Shobdon, Worcs., in poor weather; Salvaged. Missing Air Crew Report 3119. SONDRA KAY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29659 / Liberty Bell

B-17 #42-29659 / Liberty Bell

Delivered Denver 28/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 15/3/43; Missing in Action 1m Wilhelmshafen 22/3/43 with Capt Hascall McClellan, Co-pilot: Glenn Brooks, Navigator: Claud Green, Bombardier: Clarry Buckman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Williams, Radio Operator: Ed Trelawney-Ansell, Ball turret gunner: Felix Makela, Waist gunner: Ben Billingsley, Waist gunner: Chas Shapiro,Tail gunner: Wallace Roberts (10 Killed in Action). A/c hit by rocket from Me 109 above, crashed in North Sea 20 miles W of Heligoland. (only McLelland, Williams & Billingsley were 91BG, rest 92BG) Missing Air Crew Report 16291. LIBERTY BELL.

B-17 #42-5223 / Ther-N-Bak

B-17 #42-5223 / Ther-N-Bak

Delivered Tulsa 15/10/42; Salinas 18/12/42; Assigned 414BS/97BG Biskra 15/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; transferred 346BS/99BG Oudna 14/11/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; Missing in Action {11m/99} Innsbruck 19/12/43 with Art Simpson (KIA-drowned); Thorne, Smith (2 Prisoner of War); Rayson, Jacks, Eder, Tramble, Lawson, Scott, Bradbury (7 Returned to Duty); ditched Adriatic Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 1528.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31621 / Stormy Weather

B-17 #42-31621 / Stormy Weather

Delivered Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 19/12/43; Oklahoma City 8/1/44; Assigned: 338BS/96BG [BX-L] Snetterton 5/2/44; MIA Brux 12/5/44 Pilot: Chas Filer, Co-Pilot: Fred Lavigna, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Lido Mochetti, Waist Gunner: Fred Beck, Waist Gunner: Carl Brogren (5KIA); Navigator: John Dink, Bombardier: George Turcott, Ball Turret Gunner: Chas Prince, Radio Operator: Chas Williams, Tail Gunner: Chas Thornhill (5POW); Enemy aircraft KOd three engines plus other damage, crashed Bellmuth, 22 miles NE of Frankfurt, Germany. MACR 4856. STORMY WEATHER.