Geschichte der
B-17 #42-31653 / Erie Ferry aka Kac’s Flak Shack aka Green Hornets

Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Helena 4/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; New Castle 17/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned: 410BS/94BG [GL-V] Rougham 26/12/43 ERIE FERRY; MIA Bohlen 11/9/44 Pilot: Merle Green, Irving Metzger, Frank Jones, Lou Lehere, Pete Riley, Jim Gegenheimer, George Ostrowski (7POW); Jack Williams, Sid Hatfield (2KIA); mid air coll w/42-97153 (94BG) badly damaging nose, crashed Gelnhausen, Germany. MACR 8840. KAC’S FLAK SHAK aka GREEN HORNETS.

Details 42-31653 / Erie Ferry aka Kac’s Flak Shack aka Green Hornets

Kollision in der Luft mit der B-17 #42-97153 am 11. September 1944.

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  1. von Jonathan Hoy am 26. Dezember 2018 7:50 Uhr

    Looking for images of the Erie Ferry. My great uncle Jack Williams was the 2nd LT / Bombardier that was KIA in the mid-air collision. I have the German language description of the resulting crash and the capture of the remaining crew, but no images or photos of the plane or its crew. Any help would be appreciated if somebody knows where a photo or other information my be. Thanks for the information on this site. Very interesting and worth preserving the history of these courageous men.


  2. von Justin am 18. Januar 2019 22:43 Uhr


    Email me at


  3. von Jonathan Hoy am 22. Januar 2019 18:42 Uhr

    Hello Justin,

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    Kind Regards,



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