B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31471 / Doolittle’s Destroyer

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31471 / Doolittle’s Destroyer


  • RCL: PU-E

MACR: 2908


Geschichte der
B-17 42-31471 / Doolittle’s Destroyer

Delivered at Cheyenne 5-Nov-43; Kearney 20-Nov-43; Prestwick 7-Dec-43; Assigned 360BS/306BG [PU-E] Thurleigh 1-Jan-44; On 8-Mar-44 the aircraft was despatched to bomb the VKF Ball Bearing Works at Erkner, Germany outside Berlin. The aircraft sustained damage from flak prior to reaching the Initial Point and abandoned the bombing attempt. As the aircraft passed near Magdeburg on the return it was attacked by three ME-109s. All of the crew managed to bale out and were captured as Prisoners of War (POW) 10 POW MACR 2908

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 11. September 2017


B-17 42-31471 / Doolittle’s Destroyer Crew

Position Rang Name Status Bemerkung
P 1LT Leo B. McGrath POW
CP 2LT John M. Chapman, Jr POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Jack E. Green POW
RO S/SGT Charles J. Bonn POW
BT S/SGT James E. Mayfield POW
WG S/SGT Wallace L. Tharp POW
WG S/SGT Harry V Hosso POW
TG S/SGT Gilbert N Laible POW
TOG S/SGT Joseph S. Klasnick POW

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