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B-17 #42-39801 / Double Trouble II aka Northern Queen

Delivered Long Beach 4 September 1943; Gr Island 22 September 1943; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 27 September 1943. Missing in Action Berlin 4 March 1944. James Branagan’s body was found with serious internal injuries and the rip cord of his parachute unpulled (KIA). Julius Blake, James Hiller, Edgar Finstad and Edward Latham evaded capture. David Chang was arrested the day after the crash. The four others were helped in their evasion by Belgian patriots but were all arrested later. Mechanical failure on return flight; crashed Zevekote, seven miles North of Diksmuide, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 2978. (1 KIA; 4 Evaded; 5 POW). DOUBLE TROUBLE II aka NORTHERN QUEEN.

Crew 42-39801 / Double Trouble II aka Northern Queen

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P2LTJulius O. BlakePOW
CP2LTGeorge G. Wedd,Jr.POW
BOMB2LTWilliam P. CalmesPOW
ENG/TTS/SGTJames M. HillerEVD
ROS/SGTEdgar C. FinstadPOW
BTS/SGTFloyd A. FranchiniPOW
WGS/SGTLuther E. LeFeverPOW
WGS/SGTEdward F. LathamPOW
TGS/SGTDavid G. ChangPOW

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  1. von Curtis Westvik am 06. November 2019 1:41 Uhr

    Thank you for this site I am the son of a waist gunner that served most of his WWII missions on the Northern Queen I wasn’t told about the name Double Trouble when he was still alive. My Dad first flight was on Nov 1943 and his 24th mission was in Feb of 1944. He served his 25th and last mission the 3 of March 1944 on a different B17 . And I was told the next time the Northern queen went out it was lost. This confirms the loss on the 4th of March 1944. I am wondering the time it was called Double Trouble. Was before it was called the Northern Queen or after? Curtis Westvik son of SSgt Mark E Westvik

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 06. November 2019 10:27 Uhr

      Thank you for your information. Very like these kinds of facts.

      No source when it was called Double Trouble. I believe, it was before the B-17 was named Northern Queen.

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  2. von Curtis Westvik am 06. November 2019 1:44 Uhr

    The photo used on this page is my dad with his hand in his pocket

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