Geschichte der
B-17 #42-29646 / Peg O‘ My Heart

Delivered Denver 26/1/43; Salina 31/1/43; Kearney 6/2/43; in taxi accident Orlando 13/2/43 with 42-29612; Assigned 49BS/2BG Navarin 17/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila 17/6/43; Massicault 31/7/43; Missing in Action {64m} Bolzano 10/11/43 with Capt Ken Spinning, Co-pilot: Jesse Crocelius, Navigator: George Carlson, Bombardier: Scott Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Nichols, Radio Operator: Tony Pankrantz, Ball turret gunner: Wesley Knox, Waist gunner: Harry Foley, Waist gunner: Joe Clyburne,Tail gunner: Walter Front (10 Killed in Action); a crewman an another ship saw ‘646 hit water and sink almost immediately with two engines on fire, ditched Adriatic. Missing Air Crew Report 1144. PEG O’ MY HEART.

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  1. von Philippe Castellano am 22. November 2019 10:40 Uhr

    Dear friend

    Still working on USAAF heavies bombers losses in the Mediterranean’theater during WWII, I found the case of „Peg O’My Heart“.
    Regarding this aircraft, you give the fact that it disappeared with 2 engines on fire with its crew in the Adriatic Sea. In Kenneth Richards‘ book „The Second Was First“, pages 94 and 95, that this plane was close reach to Corsica’island, but seen to crash of Cape Corse. In more, the aerial gunner Edward E. Nowak (aboard the B-17# 42-30319 recall : “ # 3 engine was feathered but the four engine running. I saw him do wasget very close to the water, then I saw him crash into the water (tail first then nose). The plane sunk instantly“. I have not the MACR for compare these statements. Keep up the good work, Philippe


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