Geschichte der
B-17 #42-97191 / Silver Ball

Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Memphis 21/2/44; Presque Is 1/3/44; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 6/3/44; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-X] Polebrook 25/3/44; Missing in Action 17m Dessau 28/5/44 with Carl Miller, Ball turret gunner: Isador Kaplowitz (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Maurice Fikes, Navigator: Russell Brown, n/g-Sgt Ernie Lemcke, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Avry, Radio Operator: Jim McCann, Waist gunner: Albt Lien, Waist gunner: Tony Bushlow,Tail gunner: George Stafford (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed railroad near Flur Medlitz, nine miles NE of Zerbst, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5326. SILVER BALL.

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  1. von Kevin Stafford son of POW am 17. April 2018 3:05 Uhr

    Watching the Memphis Belle and Googling at my father’s plane and crew is amazing
    Thanks to all those men and women World War II saved our asses but especially to all the B-17 bombers and Crews


  2. von Richard Lobus am 27. Mai 2019 1:09 Uhr

    Ernie Lemcke, told me the story of the day they were shot down over Germany. He said “they were on Berlin raid , when a 20mm cannon shell hit him in the face and plane was going down and they bailed out”. He thanked the German doctors many times for putting his face back together . Became a POW. One of 9 flying enlisted men. Flew for KLM airline, flew A-26 attack air craft in Korea. C-130-s in Vietnam Nam. A-26 New York national guard. For more info. Roger Lemcke, Ossining, New York. Silver Ball.


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