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B-17 #42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky

Delivered Denver 15/12/43; Mitchell 20/1/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-P] Chelveston 10/2/44; battle damaged Leipzig 20/2/44 with Bill Lawley{awarded MOH), Navigator: Harry Seraphine, Bombardier: Harry Mason, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carroll Rowley, Radio Operator: Tom Dempsey, Ball turret gunner: Joe Koberecki, Waist gunner: Ralph Braswell, Waist gunner: ? ,Tail gunner: Alf Wendt (9 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Paul Murphy (Killed in Action); crash landed RAF Redhill, Surrey; sal 2 SAD 23/2/44. CABIN IN THE SKY.

Details 42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky

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Brought home by the skill and courage of her pilot !st Lt. William R. Lawley of 431 East Hull St., Denison Texas, this is where the skidding Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress finally stopped as he brought it down for a belly landing after being shot up by Luftwaffe fighters on the return trip from Leipzig, 20 Feb 1944.

Lt. Lawley was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his feat of bringing the Fort home in spite of serious wounds.

Crew 42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTWilliam R. Lawley Jr.UNKMedal of Honor

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  1. von Sheila Taylor am 05. Oktober 2018 6:29 Uhr

    The unknown waist gunner on Cabin In The Sky when it was shot down was my grandfather. Thomas Glen Richey, Sr. was a last minute fill in. After the plane was shot down he went into the French underground and eventually was taken as a POW at Auschwitz and then moved to Buchenwald.

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  2. von Susan Phelps am 21. März 2019 21:18 Uhr

    We have a photo of my dad waving from the cockpit of Cabin in the Sky, and are wondering what he’s doing there. His name was 2nd Lt. Donald Van Buren. He flew B17s during WWII, stationed in Ipswich, England but we don’t know the name of his plane.

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  3. von Rebecca Rogers am 06. Mai 2019 17:53 Uhr

    My father William J. Simko was a belly gunner on this plane. Any one know of him. He flew 21 missions as a belly gunner

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