B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies The legendary 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 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-83313

44-83313

Delivered Lincoln 30/1/45; Dow Fd 12/2/45; Assigned 15AF 16/2/45; Returned to the USA Morrison 2/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 10/1/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6306

44-6306

Delivered Kearney 28/6/44; Grenier 9/7/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 12/7/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Ray Harney, Co-pilot: Bill Kimball, Navigator: Chas Hamrick, Bombardier: Warren French, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Minear, Radio Operator: Hubert Burleigh (6 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Melvin Cordray, Waist gunner: Jim Sorenson,Tail gunner: Jack Francisco (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Schwickershausen, S of Meiningen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9373.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37891 / Old Man’s Folly

43-37891 / Old Man’s Folly

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned PFF 835BS/486BG [H8-C] Sudbury 2/7/44; then 834BS [2S-K] on mission to Lutzkendorf 30/11/44 with Bob Cross, both Bombardier: Roy Bronson & Radio Operator: George Bevins were wia, but brought home safely; {65m} when parked was damaged by 43-37945 while taxiing, Salvaged 20/5/45. OLD MAN’S FOLLY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30209 / Wee Bonnie

42-30209 / Wee Bonnie

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 8/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned: 561BS/388BG [–U] Knettishall 14/6/43; MIA Hanover 26/7/43 Pilot: Al Porter, Co-Pilot: Harry Thompson, Navigator: Henry Rowland, Bombardier: Vernon Adams, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: John Moffitt, Radio Operator: John Ash, Ball Turret Gunner: Ralph Mallicote, Waist Gunner: Morris Malamed, Waist Gunner: Rosswell Miller, Tail Gunner: Ivan Schraeder (10 RTD); Ditched North Sea. No MACR. WEE BONNIE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5063

42-5063

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/42; Presque Is 29/10/42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-K] Chelveston 14/11/42; Missing in Action Lorient 17/5/43 with Joe Roney, Co-pilot: Jack Boltz{body found in harbor 9/6/43}, Ball turret gunner: Orville Glenn, Waist gunner: Gil Simkiss,Tail gunner: Pat Heaney (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Paul Austin, Bombardier: Mark Oberhansly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Harker, Radio Operator: Jim Donaldson, Waist gunner: Gil Grobschmidt (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed L’Orient, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 15238.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-259

38-259

Delivered Hamilton 21-Nov-39; with A.R. Lind force landed Harmon Fld Newfoundland 31-Mar-42; Hendricks with Dick Gilder force landed base 7-Dec-42; Denver 17-Jul-43; Written off 16-May-44. Never used in combat, never served in UK.