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B-17 #43-37883 / Blue Streak

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-C] Sudbury 2/7/44; transferred 834BS [2S-T]; {27m} Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Dave Paris, Co-pilot: Gene Schmidt, Navigator: Bill Beeson, Bombardier: Walt Rousky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McGill, Radio Operator: Nick Puglia, Ball turret gunner: John Burch, Waist gunner: Calvin Herrick,Tail gunner: Warren Rudiger (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10168. BLUE STREAK.

Details 43-37883 / Blue Streak

The shrapnel from flak (FLiegerAbwehrKanone) was dangerous enough to planes and crew in a near miss. Direct hits were devastating as this photo shows. S/SGT Bill Stewart (834th BS) took this photo on Nov 2, 1944 from his waist window as #883 takes a direct hit in the bomb bay. Most likely before „bombs away.“ The bombardier had 31 missions; the rest of the crew had only 4 or 5 missions. This photo appeared in most London newspapers and one New York paper.

Crew 43-37883 / Blue Streak

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P2LTDavid M. ParisKIA
CP2LTEugene F. SchmidtKIA
BOMB1LTWalter A. RouskyKIA
ENG/TTCPTJohn Y. McGillKIA
ROSGTNicholas D. PugliaKIA
BTSGTJohn C. BurchKIA
WGSGTCalvin B. HerrickKIA
TGSGTWarren L. RudigerKIA

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