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 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39815 / Emeigh

B-17 #42-39815 / Emeigh

Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-N] Bassingbourn 16/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Ken Sutherland, Co-pilot: Stan Jordan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Kyle, Radio Operator: Malcolm McCurry, Ball turret gunner: Raymond Butler, Waist gunner: Andy Tarasuk, Tail gunner: Rathel Bennett (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Fred McBride, Bombardier: Les Price, Waist gunner: Fred Tabor (3 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1, then enemy aircraft riddled ship, crashed a mile W of Lugde, six miles SW on Hameln, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2641. EMEIGH.

B-17 #42-30455 / Schifless Skonk

B-17 #42-30455 / Schifless Skonk

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/43; Kearney 14/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-R] Framlingham 6/8/43; Missing in Action Knaben (Rjukan) 16/11/43 with Ray Becker, Co-pilot: Bob Stuart, Navigator: Ben Myers, Bombardier: Tony Moyto, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Loeser, Radio Operator: Claude Farber, Ball turret gunner: Leo Whitemore, Waist gunner: George Schneller, Waist gunner: Roy Ball,Tail gunner: Chas Reed (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, caught fire and crashed North Sea, off Norwegian coast at Varhoug; Missing Air Crew Report 1400. SCHIFLESS SKUNK.

B-17 #42-29522

B-17 #42-29522

Delivered Denver 31/12/42; Cheyenne 13/1/43; Ainsworth 19/1/43; Rapid City 8/3/43; Lowry 29/4/43; Rapid City 5/5/43; Portland 15/6/43; Geiger 12/11/43; 247 BU Smoky Hill 10/6/44; 4136 BU Tinker 26/7/44; 235 BU Biggs 17/1/45; 4202 BU Syracuse 18/4/45; with Bob Steve force landed base 27/8/45; Recl Comp 3/1/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29527 / Jig-Jig

B-17 #42-29527 / Jig-Jig

Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Morrison 10/4/43; Assigned 416BS/99BG Navarin 5/6/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged Messina 6/8/43 with Barton, Trentadue {Wounded in Action}, Lesney {Wounded in Action}, May, Shay, Harper, Valleau {Wounded in Action}, Steele, Kellerman, Cunningham; force landed Comiso, 2 engines out & 3 WIA, aircraft repaired 12/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Salvaged 2/8/45. JIG-JIG.

B-17 #42-30245 / Lucky Lady

B-17 #42-30245 / Lucky Lady

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft, crashed Oostmalle, nine miles W of Turnhout, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 381. LUCKY LADY.

B-17 #42-5786 / Whizzer II

B-17 #42-5786 / Whizzer II

Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Denver 30/1/43; Assigned 4Ferry Gp Memphis where line chief Sgt Oscar Penrod ground looped aircraft 20/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Assigned 347BSA/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; damaged by fire 16/9/43, repaired at depot; transferred 840BS/483BG Tortorella 4/44; Missing in Action Nis, Yugo. 15/4/44 with Jim Preston, Johnston, Gresham, Lindholm, Toutant, Cieslak, Cooper, Pierce, Cline, Brown (10 Killed in Action); flak hit between # 3 & 4. The main fuel tanks took fire as the wing folded back all in seconds; crashed Nis, W/O. Missing Air Crew Report 3909. WHIZZER II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30290 / Lucky Lady II

B-17 #42-30290 / Lucky Lady II

Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned: 338BS/96BG [BX–] Snetterton 12/6/43; MIA Kassel 30/7/43 Pilot: Carmelo Pelusi, Navigator: Mayer Hurwitz, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Walter Koch, Ball Turret Gunner: Bob Holleman, Waist Gunner: Earl McCloy (5KIA); Co-Pilot: Don Falk, Bombardier: Bruce Yarwood, Radio Operator: Delbert Williams, Waist Gunner: Don Ross, Tail Gunner: Elmon Fisk (5POW); Enemy aircraft, two engines out, another smoking, so jettisoned bomb load, crashed Tielrode, 12 miles W of Antwerp, Belgium. MACR 145. LUCKY LADY II.

B-17 #42-39867 / Hang the Expense II aka Boeing Belle

B-17 #42-39867 / Hang the Expense II aka Boeing Belle

Delivered Long Beach 24/9/43 Gr Island 6/11/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 11/11/43; on mission to Frankfurt 24/1/44, with Frank Valesh, Co-pilot: John Booth, Navigator: John Johnson, Bombardier: Maurice G Zetlan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herscell H Broyles, Radio Operator: Ernest M Jordan, Ball turret gunner: Louis G Black Jr, Waist gunner: Paul Carbonne, Waist gunner: Herschel Broyes (9 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: Roy Ulrick (Prisoner of War); flak hit in tail, limped home to RAF Eastchurch, Kent, UK & repaired. TG was blown out of tail and became POW; witnesses swear he flew through the air still in his seat and hanging on to Browning gun handles!; transferred 351BS [EP-Z]; retUS 6/45; 121 BU Bradley 19/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 22/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 11/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8149

B-17 #44-8149

Delivered Dallas 27/6/44; Langley 24/7/44; Dow Fd 18/8/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG Lavenham 29/10/44; transferred 833BS/486BG [2N-M] Sudbury 10/44; 2m transferred 410BS/94BG Rougham 29/5/45. Used for photography along Belgian-Dutch coasts (coded WIPE); crash landed with Walt Sutherland at Vils, Austria 16/7/45. Salvaged 9AF Germany 20/2/47.