B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5840

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5840

Hersteller:
Lockheed/Vega

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Geschichte der
B-17 42-5840

Delivered Long Beach 15/3/43; Scotts Bluff 29/3/43; Salina 15/4/43; Presque 2/5/43; Assigned Davis Prov Gp; ditched North Atlantic and lost 7/5/43 on ferry flight from Goose Bay to UK with James F. Musser, Jr., Co-pilot: Dave Woolan, Bombardier: Chas Parlee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Atkinson, Radio Operator: Elmo Humphreys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Shearer, Radio Operator: Bill Clough,Tail gunner: Kermit Ward (8RTD-rescued by RN destroyer), Navigator: Joe Greene, Waist gunner: Fred Unangst (2 Killed in Service -drowned); Condemned 13/5/43.

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B-17 42-5840 Details

Aircraft was on ferry flight from Goose bay to Scotland with fuelling stop in Iceland. After about 7 hours flying the aircraft encountered heavy storm and lost Radio contact and some navigational equipment. The aircraft was lost and the pilot decided to ditch near an escort destroyer ca 150 mi. from Meeks Airfield.

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