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 #42-97128 / Screwball Express

B-17 #42-97128 / Screwball Express

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Alexandra 15/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned: 457BG Glatton 6/3/44; Transferred: 384BG Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 28/12/44; MIA Ingolstadt 5/4/45 Pilot: Joe Hourtal, Martin Kane (2KIA); Ed Robertson, Carlos Whitehead, Dick Rowan, John Roberts, Sam Reeves, Don Millar (6RTD); crashed Bellheim, Germany. SCREWBALL EXPRESS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8547

B-17 #44-8547

Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/44; Hunter 19/11/44; Dow Fd 28/12/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-E] Lavenham 2/1/45; Missing in Action Hof, Germany 8/4/45 with Leon Milner, Clem Swan, Ed Sherman, Elmer Schramm, Lt Tony Bamberg {tg} (5 Killed in Action); Irving Bellow, John Jackson, Bob Bullion, Lt Stan Wechsler {mission pilot) (4 Prisoner of War); aircraft received a direct flak hit near the right wing over the target about 1 minute after bombing. It went into a dive, fire spreading along the wing into the engines and exploded. Crashed NW of Hof, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13742.

B-17 #42-97284 / Ain’t Misbeahavin

B-17 #42-97284 / Ain’t Misbeahavin

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-C] Molesworth 9/4/44; detailed Munich 16/7/44 with Walt Charney, Co-pilot: Jim Hickey, Navigator: Albt Taylor, Bombardier: Ray Tartaglia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Turner, Radio Operator: Albt Foster, Ball turret gunner: Emil Kayrallah, Waist gunner: Bill Encinas,Tail gunner: Clarry Howe (9RTD to UK); aircraft damaged in target area and flew to friendly afd in Italy and transferred 15AF Galera, 16/7/44; re-ass 301BG Lucera 14/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 16/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/12/45. AIN’T MISS BEA HAVEN.

B-17 #42-102944 / The Old Lady

B-17 #42-102944 / The Old Lady

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Grenier 16/5/44; Assigned 414BS/97BG Amendola 24/5/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 27/8/44 with Charles T. Wilson, Jr.; Missing Air Crew Report 8934. THE OLD LADY.

B-17 #41-2407

B-17 #41-2407

Delivered and assigned to Wright Field, Air Material Command as test aircraft. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) (sold for scrap metal in USA) storage at Davis-Monthan 1-Aug-46. Never served in the UK

B-17 #42-30130 / Alia Bubble Trouble aka Klap Trap II

B-17 #42-30130 / Alia Bubble Trouble aka Klap Trap II

Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Presque Is 16/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-J] Andrews Fd 25/5/43 ALIA BUBBLE TROUBLE; Snetterton 12/6/43 then 413BS; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Roland Peterson, Co-pilot: Oscar Megginson, Navigator: Frank Painer, Bombardier: Morris Friedman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Preston Hildebrand, Radio Operator: Cliff Busch, Ball turret gunner: Harry White, Waist gunner: Jerome Dudek (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Bill Roberts,Tail gunner: Andy Wiess (2 Prisoner of War); flak set engine afire near Eindhoven, crashed Molenschot, between Breda & Tilburg, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2018. KLAP TRAP II.

B-17 #42-29781

B-17 #42-29781

Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Gore 28/2/43; Patterson 2/3/43; Colorado Springs 30/3/43; Romulus 10/4/43; Esler 7/5/43; Peterson 11/5/43; Assigned 1st Photo Gp, Bolling 1/9/43; 499BG Smoky Hill 8/6/44; 11 Ph Gp MacDill 15/6/44; 19 Ph Gp MacDill 2/8/44; 3701 BU Amarillo 10/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45.

B-17 #41-9055 / Nippon Miss

B-17 #41-9055 / Nippon Miss

Delivered Boise 338BS/96BG (?303BG) 28/2/42; {re-ass 7BG Hawaii then 19BG – according to Fortress Against the Sun by Gene E. Salecker}; with Dan Minnick force landed Salt Lake City Fd 30/3/42; Ephrata 4/6/42; Muroc 3/7/42; Geiger 2/9/42; Rapid City 1/10/42; crashed mountains of Sierra Grande, NM with Paul Cunningham 17/10/42; Salvaged. NIPPON MISS.

B-17 #43-38142 / Lil’ Butch aka Rodney Rocks

B-17 #43-38142 / Lil’ Butch aka Rodney Rocks

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Grenier 18/7/44; Assigned: 835BS/486BG [H8-P] Sudbury 19/7/44 RODNEY THE ROCKS; {69} MIA Hamburg 30/3/45 Pilot: Fred Veal, Otis Ruble, Bob Poole, Marion Hord, Jim Webb, Len Kwiatkowski, Phil Gialloreta (7KIA); Don Johns, Bob Herman (2KIA); flak, crashed Pinneberg, Germany. MACR 13550. LIL’ BUTCH.

B-17 #42-5274

B-17 #42-5274

Delivered Geiger 1/11/42; Casper 22/3/43; Tinker 26/5/43; Dyersburg 27/6/43; 246 BU Pratt 4/6/44; 233 BU Davis Monthan 24/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 29/6/45.