B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-38183 / The Lost Angel

B-17 #42-38183 / The Lost Angelzoom_in

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Hersteller:
Douglas

  • RCL: FR-C, WA-G

MACR: 9363

Einsätze: 111

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Geschichte der
B-17 42-38183 / The Lost Angel

Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G]; belly landing training flight 10/04/1944; Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Plough, Radio Operator: Harry Gates, Ball turret gunner: John Ingram, Waist gunner: Frank Culfe (8 Returned to Duty); Tail gunner: Phil Maniaci (Prisoner of War); Missing Air Crew Report 9363; re-ass 482BG, then 384BG 1/6/45. Scrapped October 1945. 111 missions. THE LOST ANGEL.

B-17 42-38183 / The Lost Angel Details

On 10 April 1944 #42-38183 „The Lost Angel“ was being flown on a practice flight by the Commanding Officer of the 525th BS, Lt. Col. Marcus W. Elliott. On return to Station 117 it was discovered one of the main landing wheels could not be lowered and so Lt. Col. Elliott brought the aircraft in for a text book belly landing.

#42-38183 The Lost Angel Bauhlandung / Belly landing

www.fold3.com // B-17 #42-38183 The Lost Angel Bauchlandung. 10. April 1944.

The aircraft attracted many visitors immediately after the spectacular landing. Repairs took over one month and #42-38183 resumed operational flying on 19 May 1944. In all this plane flew 111 sorties before being declared War Weary. Later transferred to 384th BG at Grafton Underwood. The Lost Angel remained in Europe after VE-Day and was scrapped at Burtonwood, Lancashire in October 1945.

Thanks to Melissa Rung-Blue for the detailed and additional infomation.
Daughter, James E. Rung, Navigator, 379th Bomb Group, 524th Squadron
Kimbolton, England July 1944 – December 1944
www.b17navigator.com

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