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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97978 / Gin Rickey

42-97978 / Gin Rickey

Delivered Dallas 21/4/44; Hunter 30/5/44; Grenier 12/6/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-B] Snetterton 16/6/44; on training mission 9/7/44 with Chas Braithwaite, Co-pilot: Jim Graham, obs-Sam Massey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jerome St John, Radio Operator: Rich Ingram (5 Returned to Duty); aircraft damaged in rough landing, but no injuries; battle damaged Merseburg 29/7/44 with Bob Lyle, Navigator: Roger Kellogg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walter KozLowski (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Leigh Mann {inj}, Bombardier: Joe Loudermilk, Radio Operator: Chas Terry, Ball turret gunner: Cliff Eastburn, Waist gunner: Clair Williams,Tail gunner: Don Sheldon (6 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft and flak KO’d #3 & #4 then fire broke out, crashed NW of base, Salvaged 30/7/44. GIN RICKEY.

B-17 #44-8134 / Our Baby

44-8134 / Our Baby

Delivered Dallas 17/6/44; Langley 18/7/44; Grenier 15/8/44; Assigned PFF 839BS/487BG Lavenham 15/8/44; transferred 333BS/94BG [TS-U] Rougham 16/8/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 27/11/45. OUR BABY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31872

42-31872

Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Savannah 11/1/44; Morrison 24/1/44; Assigned 352BS/301BG Cerignola 26/1/44; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action {5m} Regensburg 25/2/44 with John Simon, Inlow, Murray, Momcilovich, Cole, Stech (6 Prisoner of War); Livingood, Lawson, Kent (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Carano, It?; Missing Air Crew Report 2596.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38146

42-38146

Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gr Island 6/1/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-D] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action 37m Merseburg 29/7/44 with John Morton, Co-pilot: Warren Bragdon, Navigator: Bill Fuerth, Bombardier: McCaleb Taylor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Ellis, Radio Operator: Maurice Franzblau, Ball turret gunner: Fenton Strohmeyer, Waist gunner: Clarry McGuire,Tail gunner: Guido Signoretti (9 Killed in Action); flak hit and on way down exploded in mid-air, crashed Benndorf, W of Merseburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7323.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31776 / Maggies Drawers

42-31776 / Maggies Drawers

Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43;Gt Falls 20/12/43; Cheyenne 21/12/43; Kearney 2/1/44; Grenier 26/1/44; Presque Is 2/2/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-N] Polebrook 25/2/44; Missing in Action {1m} Frankfurt 2/3/44 with Bob Seaman (evaded capture); Co-pilot: Don Fowler, Navigator: Stan Dunheimer, Bombardier: John Griffith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Nolan, Radio Operator: Bill Pappas, Ball turret gunner: Frank Burchinall, Waist gunner: Chas Fouzie, Waist gunner: Henry Annucci,Tail gunner: Clifford Allen(wia) (9 Prisoner of War); ?-Carthal Carver (Killed in Action) enemy aircraft KO’d #2 and set #3 on fire, crash landed Le Boisle, 15 miles N of Abbeville, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 2865. MAGGIE’S DRAWERS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97191 / Silver Ball

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.

B-17 #42-32098 / G I Virgin II

42-32098 / G I Virgin II

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 7/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 25/2/44; transferred 750BS/457BG [Y] Glatton 4/3/44; battle damaged Cologne 2/10/44 with Jim Franklin and crew all OK; two engines out and force landed Belgium; Salvaged 14/11/44. GI VIRGIN II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37801 / Reluctant Dragon

43-37801 / Reluctant Dragon

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/44; Hunter 3/6/44; Grenier 14/6/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Horham 17/6/44; 27m, Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Hemphill Heath, Co-pilot: Bill Eastman, Navigator: Jim Swann, Bombardier: Carl Remy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ralph Younts, Radio Operator: Roger Carlsen, Ball turret gunner: Fremont Shull, Waist gunner: Joe Curtis,Tail gunner: Don Goodspeed (9 Prisoner of War); lagged behind formation, crashed E of Herbstein, near Lauterbach, W of Fulda, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9372. RELUCTANT DRAGON.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31397

42-31397

Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Assigned 353BS/301BG Cerignola 15/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action 18 missions Regensburg 25/2/44 with Joseph A. Hurley, William J. Mills Jr, Peter Victor Henningsen, William Bothwell (4 Killed in Action); Robert K. Belk, Stanley A. Chmielecki, Lawrence C. Schwandt, Frederick S. Bumpers, William J. Suber (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Winden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2722.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38462 / Teddy’s Rough Riders

43-38462 / Teddy’s Rough Riders

Delivered Cheyenne 6/8/44; Hunter 14/8/44; Dow Fd 6/9/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 29/8/44; transferred 457BG Glatton 22/5/45; 351BG Polebrook 29/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 13/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 18/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38258 / Forget Me Not Olly

43-38258 / Forget Me Not Olly

Delivered Cheyenne 13/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Presque Is 31/7/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 15/8/44; 359BS [BN-L]; transferred 749BS/457BG Glatton 8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45. FORGET ME NOT OLLY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38166 / Hogie’s Heroes

43-38166 / Hogie’s Heroes

Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 365BS/305BG Chelveston 10/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with George Hogaboam, Co-pilot: Lee James, Navigator: Mark Neadeau, Bombardier: Bob Hewitt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Abel Flores, Radio Operator: Bill Knightley, Ball turret gunner: John Jones, Waist gunner: James Rockafellow,Tail gunner: Felix Gladden (9 Prisoner of War); flak set #4 on fire, crew bailed, crashed Irlich, NW of Neuwied, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8826.

B-17 #43-39037 / Little Joe

43-39037 / Little Joe

Delivered Lincoln 13/11/44; Dow Fd 3/12/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-T] Horham 12/12/44; 58m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 24/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14/12/45. LITTLE JOE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8523

44-8523

Delivered Lincoln 5/10/44; Cooledge 12/10/44; Grenier 22/10/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-H] Rougham 25/10/44; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 20/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; Independence 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97186

42-97186

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Savannah 24/2/44; Morrison 4/3/44; Assigned 353BS/301BG Lucera 8/3/44, {3m}; with Chas Lovett crash landed Eknes Fd, Senegal 11/3/44; rep, detailed Budapest 14/6/44 with Bob Stone, (7RTD ?); exploded soon after take off; Cox, Rizzo, DeRaffaelo (3 Killed in Action).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31772

42-31772

Delivered Cheyenne 12/12/43; Gr Island 30/12/43; Grenier 28/1/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY- ] Podington 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Walter Payne(?) Bill Patrick, Gerald Quarter, Bill McDowell, Ed Jenkins, Vern Rawlings, Tom Bannow, Art Hallum, Emanuel Bromberg, Tom Farrell, Harvey Phipps (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Templin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2995.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31771

42-31771

Delivered Cheyenne 12/12/43; Gr Island 23/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Podington 28/1/44; Missing in Action – shot down by enemy aircraft on the 24 August 1944 mission to Merseburg . Exploded and crashed near Lindenthal, NW of Leipzig, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8213.

B-17 #42-107058 / White Angel

42-107058 / White Angel

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Grenier 29/2/44; force landed Gr Island with Rich Buttorff 8/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 24/4/44; 546BS [BK-C]; detailed Hannover 5/8/44 with Frank Mead, Co-pilot: Tom Daniel, Navigator: Jerry Bryson (3 Returned to Duty), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Joyce, Radio Operator: Alex Vennell, Ball turret gunner: John Treat, ng-Howard Dillon, Waist gunner: Harry Woods,Tail gunner: Vince Castiglione (6 Prisoner of War), they bailed out when hydraulic motor fire caused intense smoke in cockpit, rest in crew brought ship home; Missing in Action Eisenbach 11/9/44 with Jim Chadwick, Co-pilot: Edgar Grantham, Bombardier: Bob Verbryka, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Virgil Brown, Radio Operator: Dave Liebmann, Ball turret gunner: Henry Schoonover, Waist gunner: Lou Marfield (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Leslie White,Tail gunner: Ken Klumpp (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zechau, S of Liepzig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8903. WHITE ANGEL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5801 / Flak Happy

42-5801 / Flak Happy

Delivered Long Beach 10/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 31/3/43; Presque Is 14/4/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 22/4/43; 333BS Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Alconbury 28/7/43; Missing in Action Bochum (T/O), Ger 12/8/43 with Paul Casey, Co-pilot: George Kearin, Navigator: Luther Baker, Radio Operator: Dave Penley, Ball turret gunner: Tom Perkins, Waist gunner: Joe Soper, Waist gunner: Audrey Berry,Tail gunner: Elmer Ripley (8 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Chas Mayo{bailed out too low}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Edwards (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Phillipine, four miles W of Ternuezen, Holl. Missing Air Crew Report 656. FLAK HAPPY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102396

42-102396

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gr Island 18/3/44; Presque Is 5/4/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV- ] Podington 14/4/44; Missing in Action Cologne 10/1/45 with George O’Halloran, rest?; force landed Liege, Bel.; Salvaged 23/1/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37845 / Wildfire

42-37845 / Wildfire

Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Scott 26/9/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-F] Polebrook 25/11/43; Missing in Action {55m} St Nazaire 12/6/44 with Vernon Guthery, Co-pilot: Bob Seidell, Navigator: Ed Peters, Bombardier: Lew Humphrey, Ball turret gunner: Atison Roper, Waist gunner: Lamont Fisher,Tail gunner: Lloyd Babin (7RTD-rescued by ASR); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nobert Berendsen, Radio Operator: Leo Hamilton (2died of exposure and drowning- Killed in Action); flak, ditched Channel 25 miles off Dungeness, Kent, UK; No MACR. WILDFIRE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38567

43-38567

Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Lincoln 7/9/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-Q] Snetterton 25/9/44; transferred 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 6/10/44; battle damaged {24m} Koblenz 28/12/44 with ?; force landed Belgium; Salvaged 5/1/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8328

44-8328

Edit entry 44-8328B-17 FLYING FORTRESS Warren’s prisoner ID card and POW dog tags from Stalag Luft I . Interesting note. My father told me he flew with his flannel pajama shirt under his flight suit that day (it was cold and he was in a hurry). When he was captured they took his flight suit and gave him the coat you see in this picture to wear for the photo. Because he did not have a dress shirt on, they wrapped a scarf around his neck which you can see in this picture. Show captionAbout this imageDelivered Kearney 10/8/44; Ogden 13/8/44; Grenier 20/8/44; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 22/8/44; 18BS; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with Warren Kiley, Navigator: Harry Steiner, Bombardier: Ken Covington, Radio Operator: Leo Curtin, Waist gunner: Omer Mongeon, Ball turret gunner: Bill Barry (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dave Bailey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Frick,Tail gunner: Fred Dyer (3 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9341.

B-17 #42-30181 / Herky Jerky II aka LoverBoy

42-30181 / Herky Jerky II aka LoverBoy

Delivered Cheyenne 24-Apr-43; Smoky Hill 5-May-43; Kearney 29-May-43; Atlanta 2-Jun-43; Dow Field 16-Jun-43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Framlingham 19-Jun-43 HERKY JERKY II; Horham 15-Jun-43; with force landed Framlingham AF 10-Oct-43 with Pilot R.E. Snow, Radio Operator: Harry Van Arsdale WIA; credited with 23 missions, Missing in Action – Eschweiler 24-Jan-44 shot down by enemy aircraft, tailplane caught fire then broke off, crashed Wingene, 18 miles West of Ghent, Belgium. 4KIA 6POW. Missing Air Crew Report 2258. LOVER BOY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39839

42-39839

Delivered Long Beach 16/9/43; Scott 18/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 14/10/43; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-D] Polebrook 18/11/43; {1m} battle damaged Bremen 26/11/43, with Clarry Lemley, crew ? (9 Returned to Duty), Ball turret gunner: Chas Foubert (Killed in Action) crash landed on approach to RAF Marham, Nfk, no gas. Salvaged 2 SAD Watton 28/11/43 for use by 8AF HQ; retUS 4104 BU Rome 30/3/47.