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

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in WW2. With database about the fate of each single aircraft.

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

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B-17 #42-97926 / Fast Baby

B-17 #42-97926 / Fast Baby

Delivered Denver 6/4/44; Hunter 5/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-X] Polebrook 31/5/44; {50m} battle damaged Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Jim Barker, Co-pilot: Ed Hingle, Navigator: Chester Lockard, Bombardier: Gary Hughes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Nauman, Radio Operator: Ed Gorham, Ball turret gunner: Rich Fidler, Waist gunner: Bob O’Brien,Tail gunner: John Quinn (9 Returned to Duty); lost three engines and crash landed Ypres, Bel; Cat E, Salvaged. FAST BABY.

B-17 #42-31540 / Miss Donna Mae II

B-17 #42-31540 / Miss Donna Mae II

Delivered Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Cleveland 9/12/43; Syracuse 11/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Prestwick 19/12/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-A] Rougham 20/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Marion Reid, Co-pilot: Lew Carter, Navigator: Roger Tessier, Bombardier: Stan Duffield, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lee Kieffer, Radio Operator: John Boone, Ball turret gunner: Ludwig Huth, Waist gunner: Jim Kalahar, Waist gunner: Dick Brennan,Tail gunner: Willard Christensen, obs-T/Sgt John Davis (11 Killed in Action); hit by bombs from 42-97791 (94BG) above knocking off left horizontal stabilizer, then wing broke off as it spun to earth, crashed Oderbergerstrasse, Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4946. MISS DONNA MAE.

B-17 #42-30851 / Little Boy Blue

B-17 #42-30851 / Little Boy Blue

Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [H] Knettishall 8/9/43; on assembly for Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Walt Malaniak, Co-pilot: Aaron Brinkoeter, Navigator: Leo Ramos, Bombardier: Amos Force, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morris Thomas, Radio Operator: Ron Grey, Ball turret gunner: John McClusky, Waist gunner: Bill Klemm (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Harry Hagerty,Tail gunner: Jim Bennett (2 Returned to Duty); supercharger malfunction upset other engine settings, crashed Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, Sfk. UK, Salvaged. LITTLE BOY BLUE.

B-17 #42-38157 / Four Freedoms

B-17 #42-38157 / Four Freedoms

Delivered Denver 1/1/44; Grenier 16/1/44; ass 731BS/452BG [7D- ] Deopham Green 24/2/44; on Brunswick mission 23/3/44 Pilot: John Pesch, Co-Pilot: J.C. Amley (2RTD); Navigator: Orrin Webb, Bombardier: Art Rubebstein, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Edwin Edwards, Radio Operator: Cole Sage, Ball Turret Gunner: Winfred Bidwell, Waist Gunner: Bill Jamison, Waist Gunner: Grady Searcy, Tail Gunner: Jim Rouse (8POW); Enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2 engines and most of crew bailed, however pilots brought ship home to crash-landed in meadow near Ashford, Kent,UK, later repaired; destroyed on ground at Poltava, Rus. by Luftwaffe w/Cliff Owen 2/7/44. Salvaged. 2/7/44. MACR 3550. FOUR FREEDOMS.

B-17 #42-31187 / Buckeye Boomerang

B-17 #42-31187 / Buckeye Boomerang

Delivered Cheyenne 30/9/43; Gt Falls 14/10/43; Bowman 18/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 16/11/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 20/11/43; battle damaged Oschersleben 10m 11/1/44 with John Davis, limped back to England and force landed Deopham Green (452BG), UK. Detailed to return to Bassingbourn 4/3/44 with Capt Don Garrett, Co-pilot: Gilbert Falk, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Perkins, Radio Operator: Ron Cannon, pass- John Moran (5 Returned to Duty); after repair crash landed Bunbury Farm, Swaffham Prior, about a mile SW of RAF Newmarket, UK. Salvaged. BUCKEYE BOOMERANG.

B-17 #42-39975 / Just Plain Lonesome aka Baltimore Oriole

B-17 #42-39975 / Just Plain Lonesome aka Baltimore Oriole

Delivered Long Beach 22/10/43; Assigned 92BG Podington 5/12/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-Z] Bassingbourn 10/1/44, then 323BS [OR-Z]; 40m Missing in Action Dessau 30/5/44 with Zack Collier, Co-pilot: John Kelleher, Navigator: William Paul Clements, Bombardier: Harry McDermott, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Ward, Radio Operator: Steve Kogut, Ball turret gunner: George Zimheld, Waist gunner: Tom Cogdill, Tail gunner: Chas Semon (9 Killed in Action); flak KO’d two engines, nothing else heard from, or seen of a/c, assumed to have crashed in the sea; Missing Air Crew Report 5355. BALTIMORE ORIOLE aka JUST PLAIN LONESOME.

B-17 #42-3074 / Goodtime Cholly aka Kathleen aka Loma Lee

B-17 #42-3074 / Goodtime Cholly aka Kathleen aka Loma Lee

Delivered Long Beach 20/1/43; Denver 7/2/43; with John Wedding damaged at Smoky Hill 6/4/43, repaired; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-U] Dow Fd 15/4/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-B] Grafton Underwood 10/7/43; transferred 367BG/306BG [GY-Y/T] Thurleigh 23/8/43; Cheddington 29/2/44; retUS Homestead 26/6/44; Tinker 26/6/44; transferred Clarke, Phillipines FEA 15/6/45; sal 15/1/48. GOODTIME CHOLLY aka KATHLEEN aka LOMA LEE.

B-17 #42-29856 / Patches

B-17 #42-29856 / Patches

Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Tinker 9/4/43; Nashville 13/4/43; Morrison 18/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Weiner Neustadt 10/5/44 with Ray Scranton, Stewart (2 Killed in Action); Ewing, Moyer, Schooler, Mays, kempf, O’Donnell, Torres, Stork (8 Prisoner of War); flak hit, crashed Wiener Neustadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4846. PATCHES.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30780 / Eager Eagle II

B-17 #42-30780 / Eager Eagle II

Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/43; Geiger 9/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-H/T] Polebrook 21/9/43; Missing in Action {10m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Bill Myers, Co-pilot: John Hart, Bombardier: Art Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Caudle, Radio Operator: Lavern Sherman, Ball turret gunner: John Ricci,Tail gunner: Jim Mansfield (7 Killed in Action), Navigator: Bill Carmichael, Waist gunner: Bill Bloshko, Waist gunner: Herb Bivens{spinal injury in hospital 6 mths} (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Holzerode, six miles NE of Gottingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1938. EAGER EAGLE II.

B-17 #42-30004 / Janice

B-17 #42-30004 / Janice

Delivered Denver 2/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-B] Ridgewell 15/6/43 JANICE; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-Q] Chelveston 22/8/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ellsworth Kenyon, Co-pilot: Tom Davis, Navigator: Martin Licursi, Bombardier: Dick Lewis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Lambert, Radio Operator: Russ Ahlgren, Ball turret gunner: Art Englehardt, Waist gunner: Paul Chabula, Waist gunner: Frank Rollow, Tail gunner: Homer Bagby (10 Returned to Duty); no gas, ditched Channel, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue HSL 156. No MACR.