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B-17 #42-102496 / Special Delivery

42-102496 / Special Delivery

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-M] Molesworth 30/4/44; on night service training 18/9/44 with Graham Gould, Co-pilot: Yale Lasker, Navigator: Ralph Reynolds, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Megek, Radio Operator: Max Smelar, g-Peter Bandy (6 Returned to Duty); brakes were not applied soon enough, aircraft ran into ploughed field, nosed over then fell back, rep; on mission 24/8/44 with ? , Bombardier: John Rhyne KIA-by shrapnel), SPECIAL DELIVERY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31529


Delivered Denver 19/11/43; Gt Falls 20/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Romulus 8/1/44; New Castle 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-N] Podington 23/1/44; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Earl Howard, Co-pilot: Glen Filberth, Navigator: Bill Lagarde, Bombardier: Gene Maginn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marvin Russell, Radio Operator: Joe Oklak, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Murchison, Waist gunner: Levi Burns, Waist gunner: Hubert Matlock,Tail gunner: Vic Wells (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd #1, crew bailed, ship flew on and crashed Augenstein Mountain, near Lochamer Wand, eight miles SW of Weissbach, near Austro/Ger border; Missing Air Crew Report 4146.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31503


Delivered Cheyenne 12/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Presque Is 8/12/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-L] Podington 30/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Frank Krizan, Co-pilot: Nick Stevason, Navigator: Otis Fuller, Bombardier: Adolph Dobek, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Vitrano, Radio Operator: Malcolm Mayers, Ball turret gunner: Gerard O’Day, Waist gunner: Casimer Jaworski, Waist gunner: Bill Gammel,Tail gunner: Marvin Harrison (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Brachwitz, four miles N of Treuenbrietzen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2903.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2637 / Ready Betty – Gone Forever

41-2637 / Ready Betty – Gone Forever

Delivered Lowry 3/3/42; Boise 4/4/42; Assigned 65BS/19BG Hawaii 18/4/42; transferred 43BG; retUS Tyndall 6/11/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Albuquerque 25/6/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38776 / Passion Wagon aka Victory Devils

43-38776 / Passion Wagon aka Victory Devils

Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 13/10/44; 67m, Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29/11/45. PASSION WAGON aka VICTORY DEVILS

B-17 #42-31454 / St. Anthony

42-31454 / St. Anthony

Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Gt Falls 6/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Romulus 2/12/43; Bangor 4/12/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-B] Thurleigh 30/12/43; secret mission 4/11/44, ret gp 9/11/44; transferred 29TAC 24/5/45; Salvaged 31/1/46. ST ANTHONY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31640 / Miss Hettie

42-31640 / Miss Hettie

Delivered Denver 30/11/43; Paine 2/12/43; Kearney 23/12/43; Dallas 3/1/44; Morrison 5/1/44; Assigned 96BS/2BG Amendola 7/1/44; Missing in Action {11m} Steyr 24/2/44 with Jim McCord, Co-pilot: Harlan Wisner, Navigator: Allison Lunan, Bombardier: Don Gilmore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Homer Cooley, Ball turret gunner: Saul Zafran, Waist gunner: Bill Payne, Waist gunner: Maynard Tingle[wia],Tail gunner: Ralph Edwards[wia] (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Jim Gatewood (KIA-died of wounds in Austrian hospital.); enemy aircraft and flak, crashed Wegesheid, Aus; four chutes seen; Missing Air Crew Report 2686. MISS HETTIE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5779 / Leakin‘ Lena

42-5779 / Leakin‘ Lena

Delivered Long Beach 17/1/43; Salina 28/1/43; Morrison 10/3/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Ain M’Lila , Alg 5/7/43; Massicault, Tun 31/7/43; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action {72m} Anzio, It 2/3/44 with Tom Degan{Wounded in Action}, Navigator: Bob Brienza{Wounded in Action}, Bombardier: Bill Popoff{Wounded in Action}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Turner, Radio Operator: Julius Bridges, Ball turret gunner: Tom Moriarty, Waist gunner: Henry Macias,Tail gunner: Tony Sikole, Obs-Col Elmer Rogers{Wounded in Action} (9 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Ben Nabers, Waist gunner: Bill McNichol (2KIA ) both drowned after ditching near Anzio, rest picked up by British after four hours in dinghy. Missing Air Crew Report 3216. LEAKIN‘ LENA.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2636


Delivered Lowry 5/3/42; Assigned 30BS/19BG Hawaii 1/4/42; ditched off Horn Is, Aus. 13/7/42 with Curtis J. Holdridge, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Deitz (2 Killed in Action); ? crew but OK

B-17 #42-31636 / Out House Mouse

42-31636 / Out House Mouse

Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 26/1/44; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-N] Bassingbourn 12/3/44; 139m Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 26/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 30/11/45, but not scrapped until 1963! (first heavy bomber attacked by German jet a/c.) OUTHOUSE MOUSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29996 / Flag Ship

42-29996 / Flag Ship

Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was lost on the 16 November 1943 mission to the salt mines at Knaben, Norway with Pilot Joseph F. Thornton; Co-pilot: Whitney M. Bray; Bombardier: Arthur A. Carmell; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Laurence E. Dennis; Radio Operator: John Geegee; Ball turret gunner: Dean M. Sommers; Left Waist gunner: Charles H. Hartnett; Right Waist gunner: Otto F. Trammer; Tail gunner: Rolland A. Galloway (9 Prisoner of War). The Navigator: David C. Cesbris bailed out early, landed in Norway and was helped to evade by Norwegian patriots; reached Sweden on 17 Fébruary 1944 and was back in the UK on 15 March 1944. Crashed near Mandal, West of Kristiansand, Norway. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 1384. FLAGSHIP / FLAG SHIP.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38510


Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/44; Lincoln 21/8/44; Grenier 8/9/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-V] Podington 24/9/44; damaged in midair when hit by Ruka salvo 15/12/44 with Lt Foote; severely damaged when 43-38455 crashed and exploded nearby on take off; Salvaged 16/12/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37739


Delivered Denver 10/8/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-N] Snetterton 8/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 16/12/43 with Maynard Freemole, Co-pilot: Coy Freeman, Navigator: John McIntyre, Bombardier: Bob Lock, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Smith, Radio Operator: Bob Andrews, Ball turret gunner: Wallace Duke, Waist gunner: Ken Schmalian, Waist gunner: Joe Costelow,Tail gunner: Edwin Kalinka (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed between villages of Poppingawier and Rauwerd, Hol.; Missing Air Crew Report 1566.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2635


Delivered Lowry 3/3/42; Assigned 30BS&28BS/19BG Hawaii 28/5/42; Missing in Action Buil-Baisi, New Guinea 1/11/42 with John S. Hancock, Co-pilot: Bob Burns, Navigator: Jim Carver, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hiram Wilkinson, Radio Operator: Ed Cipriani, Waist gunner: Mac Groesbeck, Waist gunner: Ray Maxwell, Curtis Longenberger, shot down over Solomon Is crashed on mountain ridge near Milne Bay; human remains and other effects found March 1999, some items returned by native villagers.. (Last combat loss of 19BG).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107216 / Thunder Ball

42-107216 / Thunder Ball

Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-Y] Polebrook 7/5/44; sustained battle damaged (34m} over Ulm 9/8/44 with Jim Myl, Co-pilot: Orville Bzoskie, Navigator: Mike O’Shea, Bombardier: Bob Pacquer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Re, Waist gunner: Leon Yurkus,Tail gunner: Tom Cardamona (7RTD, rescued by RAF ASR); Radio Operator: Lester McClure, Ball turret gunner: Merton Rasmussen (2KIA, died of exposure); flak, crew bailed over Bradwell Bay, Ex; Missing Air Crew Report 7391. THUNDER BALL.

B-17 #42-97072 / Green Mountain Gal

42-97072 / Green Mountain Gal

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-H] Grafton Underwood 24/3/44; brakes failed 3/6/44 but after repair, transferred to 544BS as [SU-A]; crashed on take off for mission 1/8/44 with Bob Harris, Co-pilot: Bob Sica, Navigator: Elmer Pettine, Bombardier: Rich Spead, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Richter, Radio Operator: Harry Kastner, Ball turret gunner: Nicholas Susich, Waist gunner: Vernon Stanford,Tail gunner: Bob White (9 Killed in Action); an engine failed soon after t/o, crash landed Weldon, near Corby, Nth, UK; Salvaged. Missing Air Crew Report 7807. GREEN MOUNTAIN GAL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29532


Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Assigned 16 Air Sd/1Gp Salina 11/1/43; with George Davis crashed nine miles north of Sheridan, AZ 11/3/43; (all nine Killed in Service). Written off 12/3/43..

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37884 / Penns-Belle

43-37884 / Penns-Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 1/7/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Clarry Bridwell, Floyd Norman, Dick Colyer, Wendell Cole, Jack Provolt, Ed Longer, John Porterfield, Bob Joyce (8 Killed in Action); Paul Finot (Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Neustadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10325. PENNS-BELLE.

B-17 #43-38127 / Pair of Queens, Gee & Bee

43-38127 / Pair of Queens, Gee & Bee

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Hunter 15/7/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-Q] Ridgewell 28/7/44; {67m} transferred 303BG Molesworth; re-ass 398BG Nuthampstead 22/5/45 as re-deployment a/c; no ops, RAF Valley 2/6/45, Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 41678 BU Sth Plains 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/12/45. PAIR OF QUEENS, GEE AND BEE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2634 / Tex aka Red Moose Express

41-2634 / Tex aka Red Moose Express

Delivered Lowry 3/3/42; Assigned 435BS/19BG Hawaii 18/5/42; transferred 65BS/43BG; Missing in Action Bogadjim PNG 3/8/43 with Walter K. Brenneman; Written off 5/8/43. RED MOOSE EXPRESS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8224


Delivered Dallas 16/7/44; Langley 12/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 306BS/398BG Nuthampstead 14/9/44; Missing in Action Neuss, Ger. 23/1/45 with Federico Gonzales (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Col Frank Hunter Gp CO, Navigator: Chas Letts, Capt Bill Beatovich ex nav, Bombardier: Capt Bill Campbell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Rogers, Radio Operator: Bob Mayfield, rwg-Bill Shumate, VN-Lt Ralph Lentz lwg,Tail gunner: Lt Bill Butters (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Heerde, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 11799 [?11798].

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8281


Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Cheyenne 1/8/44; Kearney 9/8/44; Grenier 21/8/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-A] Podington 9/9/44; during assembly for Munster 19/2/45 with John Deegan, crew bailed OK?, caught fire and abandoned; crashed Temple Grafton, UK; Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102470


Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-J] Polebrook 29/4/44; Missing in Action {9m} Ludwigshafen 27/5/44 with Gosta Johnson, Co-pilot: Herb Neumann, Navigator: Bob Schmidt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Anderson, Radio Operator: Joe Smith, Ball turret gunner: John Dettart, Waist gunner: Ed Kolling,Tail gunner: Dick Drews (8 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Sam Rosenberg (KIA- died of wounds in hospital June 7); enemy aircraft, crashed Ortenberg, two miles SE of Offenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5325.

B-17 #41-2649


Delivered Lowry 4/3/42; Assigned 28BS/19BG Hawaii 13/4/42; transferred 64BS/43BG 22/5/42; Brookley 17/5/43; transferred 5AF? 20/1/45; (? landing accident at Goose Bay, Labrador with Fred Nelson/Bob Sperber 23/8/45?): Salvaged North Africa 23/8/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6778


Delivered Hunter 10/11/44; Grenier 4/12/44; Assigned 96BS/2BG Amendola 1/1/45; {14m} Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46; Recl Comp 19/11/47.