“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 #42-3328 / Miss Fortune

42-3328 / Miss Fortune

Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Tinker 22/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 15/7/43; Missing in Action (15m) Munster 10/10/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: Darwin Michaelson, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Lew Gardner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bertil Olsen, Ball turret gunner: Walt Swinichowski (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Clarry Payne, Waist gunner: John Danielson, Waist gunner: Bill Wenckens,Tail gunner: Carl Spirito (4 Prisoner of War); hit by rocket and coll with 42-3415 (390BG); tailplane came off and aircraft broke in half, crashed Horstmann Farm, Vorsundern, near Burgsteinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 861. MISS FORTUNE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3415 / Miss Behavin’

42-3415 / Miss Behavin’

Delivered Dallas 11/6/43; Topeka 21/7/43; Kearney 1/8/43;Topeka 12/8/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-Q] Framlingham 25/8/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with George Starnes, Co-pilot: Warren Mosegard, Navigator: Lavere Shofstahl, Bombardier: Dick Hatten, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Hatfield, Radio Operator: John Massa, Ball turret gunner: Chas Dean, Waist gunner: Chas Stamiris, Waist gunner: Paul Sucher (9 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Bob Coles (Prisoner of War); coll with 42-3328 (390BG which had exploded), crashed Nefigmann Far, Mesumer Damm, near Burgsteinfurt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 859. MISS BEHAVIN’.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5754


Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Pyote 1/1/43; Pueblo 28/3/43; Ephrata 21/5/43; force landed base with Joe Connors 23/6/43; 2020 BU Galveston 6/8/44; 211 BU Oak Apt (?) 18/1/45; 225 BU Rapid City 23/2/45; 202 BU Syracuse 30/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5753


Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/42; Pueblo 30/12/42; Biggs 24/2/43; Blythe 18/3/43; Walla Walla 20/5/43; Redmond 18/6/43; Walla Walla 15/8/43; Avon Park 23/11/43; 3701 BU Amarillo 18/11/44; (Converted to F-9 with cameras in nose, bomb bay and rear fuselage); Recl Comp 3/1/46.

B-17 #41-24434 / The Mudhen

41-24434 / The Mudhen

Delivered Middleton AD 9/7/42; Bolling 28/7/42; Westover 3/10/42; Assigned 15PRS/3PRG Membury, Wilt. 7/9/42; Steeple Morden, UK 27/12/42; transferred 12AF La Senia, Alg. 6/12/42; Algiers 25/12/42; Le Kroub, Alg. 5/6/43; La Marsa, Tun. 28/6/43; Returned to the USA Homestead 14/7/43; Tinker 6/8/43; Ret Bari 28/12/43; Ret US; Civil Reg N60475; to Bolivia CB-79, CP-579; crashed 29/12/58 and destroyed.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 40-3096


Assigned 19BG Hickam Field, HI 14-May-41; Clark Field 17-Oct-41; battle damaged on mission to Legaspi with Hewitt Wheless 14-Dec-41 and crash landed Cagayan, Mindanao, almost burnt out. Never served in the UK.