Geschichte der
B-17 #42-5178 / The Old Stand By

Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-L] Bassingbourn 11/1/43; Missing in Action on its 15th mission, to Anklam, Germany on 9 October 1943. Pilot James D. Judy; Co-pilot: John K. Carter; Navigator: Capen R. Simons; Bombardier/Togglier George R. O’Dea; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl M. Cherry; Radio Operator: Lloyd A. Johnso; Ball turret gunner: John M. Yatsko; Right Waist gunner: Linwood W. White; Tail Gunner Niles H. Withers (9 Prisoners of War). Left Waist gunner: William V. Williams (Killed in Action). Struck hard head-on by an enemy aircraft, the ship crashed near Kragstedt, about 20km SW of Flensburg, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 898. THE OLD STAND BY.

- Werbung/Advertisement -

  1. von Ken Williams am 30. April 2018 9:15 Uhr

    My uncle William Vern Williams was killed in this B17 called The Old Stand By. He was born in Winfred, South Dakota. There is a story about the crash from a friend of ours when he was an 8 year old boy from Germany He became a friend of our family and has quite a story and has visited us and the grave of our uncle’s grave, He seen Vern’s body after the crash on his farm in Germany. Such a sight for a 8 year old boy. His story can be found on veteran web page. If you need any more info feel free to email me. I just want to honor my Uncle Vern Williams and keep the story going. Thanks, Ken Williams


Leave a comment

** = Deine Email bleibt geheim / Your email will not published.