“The best bomber which was ever built. She could handle extensive damage and still stay in the air.”
General Ira C. Eaker

B-17 Flying Fortress // Wikipedia Commons [Public Domain]

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B-17 #42-30634 / Liberty Belle

42-30634 / Liberty Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 2/7/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Horham 20/8/43; 30m, Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with John McGuigan, Bombardier: Tom Barron, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Blanchard, Ball turret gunner: Lester McClellan, Waist gunner: Howard Griffin,Tail gunner: Chas Flowers (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Chas Carey, Navigator: Jim Watters, Radio Operator: Jack Harris, Waist gunner: Leland Story (4POW-rescued by Dutch fishermen); flak KO’d #2 attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c, on fire, exploded and crashed North Sea, two miles off coast at Egmond, Holland. (Zuider Zee) Missing Air Crew Report 2423. LIBERTY BELLE.
B-17 #42-30283 / Mason’s Morons

42-30283 / Mason’s Morons

Delivered Denver 9/5/43; Gore 17/5/43; Smoky Hill 19/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 10/6/43; transferred 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 16/6/43; 10m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bob Mason, Co-pilot: Lou Belson, Navigator: Frank Messersmith, Bombardier: Bill Reinecke, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Carter, Radio Operator: Bill Rogers, Ball turret gunner: Herschel Beane, Waist gunner: Jay McKee, Waist gunner: Ray Elias,Tail gunner: Bob Bickford (10 Prisoner of War); crashed Darmstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 403. MASON’S MORONS.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3456


Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/43; 19BG Pyote 20/7/43; Galena 5/12/43; Written off 24/3/44.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97138


Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-C] Rougham 12/3/44; over Berlin 18/4/44 with Capt Ed Lundak;Tail gunner: John Mundrick (POW- bailed out prematurely) a/s returned to base; Missing in Action Freidrichshafen 24/4/44; flak KOd #3, force landed Dubendorf, Switz. Missing Air Crew Report 4262. Returned to the USA 1377 BU Grenier 14/9/45; Independence 16/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 4/11/45.
B-17 #42-30191 / The Bolevich

42-30191 / The Bolevich

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Don Merchant, Co-pilot: Jim Sullivan, Navigator: Ernie Keith, Bombardier: Leon Roman, Radio Operator: Johannes Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Bob Tongue, eg-Edgar Van Valkenburg, Waist gunner: Harry Ridgley,Tail gunner: John Wierzbanowski (9 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene Hecht (Killed in Action); flak, crash landed wheels up on road between Elfershausen & Trimburg, 13 miles NW of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1765. THE BOLEVICH.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30389 / Dear Mom

42-30389 / Dear Mom

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/43; Gore 27/5/43; Cheyenne 2/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z] Rougham 7/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bernard W. Nayovitz, Co-pilot: James F. Smith, Jr., Navigator: Murlyn F. Burnett, Bombardier: Robert P. Allison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert V. Beyke, Ball turret gunner: Jack H. Loveless (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Arthur P. McDonnell,Tail gunner: James W. Tolbert (2 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Jake Dalinsky, Waist gunner: Beverley G. Geyer (2 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Lummen, six miles E of Deist, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 323. DEAR MOM.