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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General Ira C. Eaker

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29542

42-29542

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Casper 14/1/43; Ephrata 24/2/43; Geiger 24/3/43; Gt Falls 15/4/43; Moses Lake 21/5/43; Assigned 594BS/396BG Pyote, with Arthur Mack force landed base 28/7/43; Tinker 20/11/43; 4100 BU Patterson 3/2/45; 327 BU Drew 21/4/45; 4108 BU Newark 30/4/45; 327 BU Drew 2/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Searcey Fd 11/8/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8148 / Seamans‘ Demons

44-8148 / Seamans‘ Demons

Delivered Dallas 22/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned PFF as 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 13/8/44; transferred 95BG Horham 14/8/44; 3m, transferred 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 30/10/44; battle damaged Hamm 26/11/44 with ?; force landed St Trond Afd, Bel; Salvaged 5/1/45. (npo) SEAMANS’ DEMONS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97859 / Any Gum Chum

42-97859 / Any Gum Chum

Delivered Tulsa 17/3/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG Thorpe Abbotts 27/5/44; Missing in Action on supply drop on Operation Zebra 25/6/44 with Ken Houghton, Co-pilot: Thornton Bline, Radio Operator: Laverne Deatrich, Waist gunner: Malcolm Eckley (4 evaded capture); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Marion (KIA- chute failed); Navigator: Stan Green, Bombardier: Bill Lichtenstern, Ball turret gunner: John Nelson{390BG},Tail gunner: Warren Moore (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed SE of La Ferte-Vidame, NW of Chartres, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 6542. ANY GUM CHUM?

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37744

42-37744

Delivered Denver 13/8/43; Tulsa 17/8/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 1 CCRC Gp Bovingdon, then 8AF Weather Flight, Bovingdon 10/6/43; crashed on t/o from Cheddington 9/12/43 with LaVerne Rissinger, Co-pilot: Bill Holcomb, Navigator: Otto Ahlers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Costello, Radio Operator: Bernie Cohen, a/ettg-Matt Ekes, cr/ch-John Buchanan, g-Ralph Harding, Met/Ob-Sq/Ldr Jack Osborne (RAF-517Sq), Met/Ob-F/Lt John Leigh-Clark (RAF-517Sq) (10 Killed in Service). T/O using all of runway and crashed down a slope through the trees in Bourne Wood, burning as it hit the ground.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38163

42-38163

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; ass 379BG Kimbolton 6/2/44; Transferred: 367BS/306BG [GY-N] Thurleigh 29/2/44; MIA French A/Flds 17/6/44 Pilot: Joe Pedersen, Bombardier: John Wonning, Waist Gunner: Warren Kerr (3POW); Co-Pilot: Leon Blood, Navigator: Ragnar Gustafson, b-Bill Smith, Ball Turret Gunner: Jack Blackwell, Tail Gunner: Herman Ehrhard (5EVD); Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Barney Arnold (KIA-on train strafed by P-47); flak, crashed Torce-Viviers-en-Charnie, 22 miles NW of Le Mans, Fr; MACR 5896.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30747

42-30747

Delivered Cheyenne 24/7/43; Geiger 3/8/43; Pendleton 15/8/43; 225 BU Rapid City 10/10/44, WO; Recl Comp 2/11/44.