B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97638 / Follow Me

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97638 / Follow Me


MACR: 9773


Geschichte der
B-17 42-97638 / Follow Me

Delivered Denver 14/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; Grenier 16/3/44; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 20/3/44; transferred 91BG Bassingbourn 27/4/44; 351BG Polebrook 14/6/44; transferred 748BS/457BG [Z] Glatton 7/8/44; 749BS; Missing in Action Politz, Ger 7/10/44 with Bill Flannery, Co-pilot: Jewell Lowery, Bombardier: John Schloendorn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Lagassa, Radio Operator: Dwayne Stowits (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Morris Arnovitz, Ball turret gunner: Paul Moll, Waist gunner: George Petty,Tail gunner: Lt Walt Strossner, Lt Ray Moon {radar nav}; (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Politz; Missing Air Crew Report 9773. FOLLOW ME.

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 12. Oktober 2017


B-17 42-97638 / Follow Me Details

#42-97638  was hit by flak while in the vicinity of the target . They were flying lead in the low squadron. Engine #3 was hit and caught fire. The flames trailed to the tail of the plane as it dived in an attempt to extinguish the flames. No parachutes were seen and the plane crashed on an island across the Oder river from Politz. Lt Strosser parachuted safely but fractured his ankle on landing. The flaming plane crashed on an island in a river near Stettin Bay. Some of the chutist also landed on this island.


B-17 42-97638 / Follow Me Crew

Position Rang Name Status Bemerkung
P --- William H. Flannery KIA
CP --- Jewell W. Lowery KIA
BOMB --- John G. Schloendorn KIA
ENG/TT --- Lloyd K. Lagassa KIA
RO --- Duane E. Stowits KIA
BT --- George L. Petty POW
TG --- Walter C. Strosser POW
NAV2 --- Morris Arnovitz POW
--- --- Raymond G. Moon, Jr POW Nav 3

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