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 42-97149

B-17 #42-97149

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 13/3/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-X] Polebrook 26/3/44; Missing in Action {13m} Mannheim 27/5/44 with Tedfred Myers, Co-pilot: Clarry Butrum, Navigator: Henry Roszyk, Bombardier: Vernon Naass, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Stanford, Radio Operator: Edwin Draper{Wounded in Action}, Ball turret gunner: Avon Roysden, Waist gunner: Woodrow Blackburn, Waist gunner: Bill Mansmann{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: John Denton (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Baldenheim, six miles SE of Alsace, Fr., 25 miles SW of Strasbourg; Missing Air Crew Report 5327.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97191 / Silver Ball

B-17 #42-97191 / Silver Ball

Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Memphis 21/2/44; Presque Is 1/3/44; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 6/3/44; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-X] Polebrook 25/3/44; Missing in Action 17m Dessau 28/5/44 with Carl Miller, Ball turret gunner: Isador Kaplowitz (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Maurice Fikes, Navigator: Russell Brown, n/g-Sgt Ernie Lemcke, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Avry, Radio Operator: Jim McCann, Waist gunner: Albt Lien, Waist gunner: Tony Bushlow,Tail gunner: George Stafford (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed railroad near Flur Medlitz, nine miles NE of Zerbst, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5326. SILVER BALL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38032 / My Gal

B-17 #42-38032 / My Gal

Delivered Cheyenne 22/11/43; Kearney 5/12/43; Presque Is 23/12/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-X, RQ-P] Polebrook 27/12/43; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 18/3/44 with Ray Neuberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Sharp, Radio Operator: Ira Houk, Ball turret gunner: Bob Workman,Tail gunner: Neal Quigley (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bob Swenson, Navigator: Chas Finklestein, Bombardier: Bill Manley, Waist gunner: David Eckes, Waist gunner: Lewis Lowans (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4, crashed Heiligkrueztal, 12 miles NE of Singmaringen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3239. MY GAL.

B-17 #42-31432 / Old Glory

B-17 #42-31432 / Old Glory

Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 18/1/44. Missing in Action (46m) NW France A/Fds 22/6/44 with Pilot, Dale Fisher; Co-pilot, Carlos Johns; Navigator, Carl Felton; Bombardier, Carthel Gaskin; Flight engineer/top turret gunner, John King; Ball turret gunner: Bernie McKeever; Waist gunner, Vic Crandell; Tail gunner, Bob Cooper, 8 Killed in Action. Radio Operator, Bob Johnson, evaded capture. Flak hit in #3 followed by explosion, crashed Pont-a-Tressin, near Lille, France. Missing Air Crew Report 6541. OLD GLORY.

B-17 #42-2979

B-17 #42-2979

Assigned 97BG Salina 29/11/42; transferred Biskra 21/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs, Tun. 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; transferred 49BS/2BG Massicault 14/11/43; Bizerte 2/12/43; Amendola 9/12/43; transferred 346BS/99BG Tortorella 28/3/44; {1m} transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Nis, Yugo 16/4/44 with Ira Warburton, Burnette, Bueker, O’Brien, Baines (5 Killed in Action); Holcom, Jeffers, Brynjldsen, Cardone, Clos (5 Returned to Duty); flak damage. Missing Air Crew Report 3908.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2446

B-17 #41-2446

Delivered with John Haig to Fort Douglas 6/12/41; Sacramento SAD 8/12/41 for armament installation Assigned 14RS/19BG; with Capt Fred Eaton to Hickam 17/12/41, then to Wheeler and att. USN for search missions, bomb. Sgt J.J. Trelia went sick and replaced by Rich Oliver; 11/2/42 and trans. 22BS/7BG, Garbutt, Aus 20/2/42; transferred 14RS/19BG Hickham); on mission from Townsville to attack Japanese shipping at Rabual, with Capt Fred Eaton, Co-pilot: Capt Henry Harlow, Navigator: George Munro, Bombardier: Rich Oliver, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Lemieux, Radio Operator: Harry Soresen, Waist gunner: Russ Crawford, Waist gunner: Bill Schwartz,Tail gunner: John Hall; suffered battle damage, ran out of gas and bellied in Agaiambo Swamp, Papua New Guinea 23/3/42 on its first mission; days later the crew battled its way through jungle and back to base by 1/4/42. After a long litigation process with PNG government, including collector David Tallichet, it eventually returned to USA June 2010, to “Planes of Fame“ at Chino 8/12/10, by Jan 2013 the fuselage was readied for Hawaii and back to US. Curator of Pacific Aviation Museum, Ken DeHoff, is confident the $5 million dollars will be obtained for restoration. SWAMP GHOST.

B-17 #42-102925

B-17 #42-102925

Delivered Cheyenne 18/4/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Dow Fd 17/5/44; Assigned 347BS/99BG Tortorella 20/5/44; battle damaged {57m} Ploesti 9/7/44 with Fred Henry (Returned to Duty), Roberts, Fox, Johannaber, Salter, Scarborough, Triplett (348th), six bailed out; #3 engine on fire, but Henry, Peddycord, Wilkins, Meisel put it out and fly home; Salvaged 23/9/44; from repair 4/10/44, crashed on take off 9/12/44 and destoyed.

B-17 #42-97583 / Blue Champagne

B-17 #42-97583 / Blue Champagne

Delivered Denver 29/12/43; 1SAG Langley 11/1/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 2/3/44; transferred 32BS/301BG Lucera 9/4/44; transferred 774BS/463BG Celone 4/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 5/5/44 with Rich Fontaneau, Co-pilot: Nat Drutman, Navigator: Alphonse Adams, Bombardier: Chester Haas [Gp. Bomb.], Waist gunner: Don McDowell (5POW/ Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norbert Kemper, Radio Operator: Ray Svatos, Ball turret gunner: John Cullen,Tail gunner: Howard Sippel (4 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Moreni; Missing Air Crew Report 4712. BLUE CHAMPAGNE.

B-17 #43-38001 / Old Miss Agnis

B-17 #43-38001 / Old Miss Agnis

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 10/7/44; transferred 835BS/486BG [H8-B] Sudbury 27/10/44; {58m} Missing in Action Dresden 17/4/45 with Dick Allbright, Co-pilot: Bob Miller, Navigator: Carl Runge, Bombardier: Milton Carmack, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Merle Davison, Radio Operator: Junior Raines, Ball turret gunner: Edgar Coghill, Waist gunner: Styles Westbrook,Tail gunner: Bernie Poole (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed near Saaz, Czecko.. Missing Air Crew Report 14197. (last 486 crew shot down) OH MISS AGNES.

B-17 #42-31373 / Flakstop

B-17 #42-31373 / Flakstop

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-V] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Chas Wagner, Radio Operator: Francis Shaffer, Waist gunner: Joe Tracey, Waist gunner: Fred Richmond,Tail gunner: George James (5 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Freeman (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Alan Willis, Navigator: Clyde Martin, Bombardier: Henry Gladys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don PorterWounded in Action (4 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Staphorst-de-Leijen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2916. FLAKSTOP.