B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-37865

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37865


  • RCL: XR-P

MACR: 8073


Geschichte der
B-17 43-37865

Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44. Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-P] Thorpe Abbotts 10/7/44. Missing in Action on the mission to Saint-Sylvain (Calvados) 8 August 1944. Pilot : John P. Keys; Co-pilot: Elvin W. Samuelson; Navigator: Patrick H. Lollis; Bombardier: Elton Dickens; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry D. Park; Radio Operator: Frank O. Thomas; Ball turret gunner: Peter P. Martin; Tail gunner: Donald V. Rieger (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Gilbert A. Borba (Prisoner of War). 1½ minute before bombs away, at an altitude of about 11,000 feet, a Flak burst put out engine 2, and another one cut off the tail assembly. The plane nosed down out of formation and exploded near the ground. Pieces of it were strewn over many places near Périgny, NE of Vire, France. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 8073.


B-17 43-37865 Crew

P1LTJohn P. KeysKIA
CP2LTElvin W. SamuelsonKIA
BOMB2LTElton DickensKIA
ROT/SGTFrank O. ThomasKIA
BTS/SGTPeter P. MartinKIA
WGS/SGTGilbert A. BorbaPOW
TGS/SGTDonald V. RiegerKIA

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