Geschichte der
B-17 #42-5172 / Thunderbird

Delivered Tulsa 5/10/42; Salina 21/1/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 26/3/43; Missing in Action 4m Bremen 17/4/43 with Harry Beasley, Co-pilot: Walt McLain (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Harry Sipe, Bombardier: Matt Michaels, Radio Operator: Mark Schaefer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jay Franklin, Ball turret gunner: Jim Branch, Waist gunner: John Cagle,Tail gunner: Ed Jediak, Waist gunner: Everett Creason (8 Prisoner of War); flak damage, crew bailed over Bruchhausen, while ship crashed Beckeln, near Harpstedt, 12 miles SW of Bremen,Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15521. THUNDERBIRD.

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  1. von Robert Foster am 26. August 2019 3:35 Uhr

    My father was on that mission as command pilot in the Sky Wolf 2, both were shot down that day. His crew lost 5 men. He knew Harold Beasley, pilot of the Thunderbird, one of the nicest people he ever met. 8 bailed out and survived, Beasley died saving his crew. The plane blew up and both pilots perished. An unknown story shared for all to remember and say thank you


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