Geschichte der
B-17 #42-29553

Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 9/1/43; Homestead 18/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-D] Chelveston 4/3/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Wright Gerke, Co-pilot: Tom Reade, Navigator: Joe Costa, Bombardier: Jack Little, Ball turret gunner: Ed Keesling, Waist gunner: Joe Rowlison, Waist gunner: Herb Kalwa,Tail gunner: Joe Hall (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Fullerton, Radio Operator: Jim Chalker (2 Prisoner of War); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed near Munchen-Gladbach, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 252. ARKIE II.

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  1. von Wayne MacDowell am 26. April 2019 22:30 Uhr

    B-17 42-29553 was my uncle-godfather’s plane…ARKIE II. 1st Lt Wright Ellis Gerke – Pilot. He is buried in The Netherlands-American Military Cemetery in Margroten, Netherlands…Holland Plot O Row 6 Grave 6. I have visited his grave from the USA 23 times to date. In his last letter, mailed that fateful morning of August 12th 1943…he told of how proud he was to have just become a Daddy.


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