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 #42-3538 / Ten Knights in a Bar Room

B-17 #42-3538 / Ten Knights in a Bar Room

Delivered Denver 26/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-U] Rougham 1/9/43; Missing in Action Hanau 4/10/43 with Dennis Carlson, Navigator: Bob Jones, Radio Operator: Harry Maddox, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Steve Jezercak, Waist gunner: Gary Hinote, Waist gunner: Herb Browning,Tail gunner: Art Whalen (7 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Lee Frye, Bombardier: Clarry Casey, Ball turret gunner: Jim Millin (3 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed between Maco and Chalons-sur-Vesle, seven miles NW of Rheims, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 771. (first G model lost in group). TEN KNIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM.

B-17 #42-3358 / Thunder Head

B-17 #42-3358 / Thunder Head

Delivered Denver 19/5/43; Presque Is 8/8/43; Assigned (H2S) 813BS/482BG [PC- ] with Oboe Mk I radar Alconbury 28/8/43; transferred MTO; Returned to the USA Morrison 14/11/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 3/11/45.

B-17 #42-30088 / Squawkin Hawk II

B-17 #42-30088 / Squawkin Hawk II

Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Sumner Reeder, Navigator: Russ EngelWounded in Action, Bombardier: Peter F. Delao, Jr. [wia], rest unknown; Co-pilot: Harry Edebuon (Killed in Action); but limped back to base Missing Air Crew Report 99906; again suffered heavy damage 5/11/43 Gelsenkirchen with Bill Flesh & cp John Gosasage (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Omar Gonzales, Bombardier: Jim Lux, Ball turret gunner: Francis Dolsen, Waist gunner: George Gineikis,Tail gunner: Jim Marasco (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Connor Brewster (KIA-chute failed); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Pope, Leon McDonald (2 evaded capture); while ship landed RAF Tangmere, Sussex; Missing Air Crew Report 99908; Returned to the USA 17/5/44; Hendricks 8/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 13/12/45. First aircraft in group to 50 missions. SQUAWKIN’ HAWK II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38066

B-17 #43-38066

Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned: 365BS/305BG Chelveston 12/8/44; MIA Cologne 14/10/44 Pilot: Dick Nichols, Ken Coombs, Julius Melegh, Franklin Sollars, Ed Price, Chas Brown, Phil Carroll, Tom Sirman (8KIA); John Knight (POW); mid air coll, crashed between Rhine River and Düsseldorfer Straße, Cologne, Germany. MACR 9474.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38108

B-17 #43-38108

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/44; Hunter 15/7/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned: 365BS/305BG Chelveston 11/8/44; MIA Cologne 14/10/44 Pilot: Gordon Gustafson, Bob Bader, Dave Higgins, Jim Kavaney, Fred Stone, Ray Kolb, Marlin Gustafson, Dick Smith, Ray Kessel (9KIA); mid air coll, crashed Cologne, Germany. Near Marshalling Yard Köln-Niehl. MACR 9475/KU-3229

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37783 / Dodie aka Call Her Savage

B-17 #42-37783 / Dodie aka Call Her Savage

Delivered Denver 26/8/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 384BG Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-B] Thorpe Abbotts 2/11/43 DODIE; Missing in Action Hamm 22/4/44 with Frank Harte, Navigator: Carl Conley, Waist gunner: Tom McDonald (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Coppinger, Bombardier: T/Sgt Wallace Meyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Carlson, Radio Operator: Weston Rodkey, Ball turret gunner: Felix McIntosh, Waist gunner: Ed Coley,Tail gunner: George McMullin (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft damaged #3 and lagged behind, crashed Obershelden, four miles N of Siegen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4166. CALL HER SAVAGE.

B-17 #42-102617 / Devil’s Brat

B-17 #42-102617 / Devil’s Brat

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned: 544BS/384BG [SU-T] Grafton Underwood 7/5/44; mechanical fault, Merkwille 3/8/44 Pilot: Frank Lavon Allred; Salvaged. 2 SAD 5/8/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38002 / Our Baby

B-17 #43-38002 / Our Baby

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 838BS/487BG Lavenham 11/7/44; Missing in Action Derben, Ger 14/1/45 with Jim Moser, Conrad Summerlin, Paul Kenney, Mayo Larkin, Coy Flanery, Orlando Leo, Bob Ketcham, Kenneth Weisman, Hubert Sahlstrom (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Rhoden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11733. OUR BABY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-6042

B-17 #42-6042

Delivered Burbank 2/7/43; Dallas 8/8/43; crashed 18/10/43 with Dick Creamer, on Stormy Peak, Pinetree Park, Col.; Written off 21/10/43.

B-17 #43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade

B-17 #43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned: 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/6/44; MIA Stuttgart 5/9/44 Pilot: Ray Paaske, Garis Jacoby {died in captivity}, Tony Santos, Sam George, Henry Mays (5POW); Gene Sydlowski, Bill Baker, John Wells, Ernie Haygood, (4EVD); flak, crashed Rottweil, Germany. MACR 8454. MOONLIGHT SERENADE.