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 #43-37673 / That’s All Jack

43-37673 / That’s All Jack

Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 7/6/44; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Kasimer Traynelis, Co-pilot: Bill Howe, Navigator: Duane Mowry, Bombardier: Paul Basye, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Laws, Radio Operator: Bob Stauffer (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: Stewart Livingston (Wounded in Action), Waist gunner: Ralph Tetu (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Henry Bouma (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Tauenbrueck, near Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11232.

B-17 #41-24464 / Excalibur

41-24464 / Excalibur

Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3,oil pouring away before #4 was feathered ditched 40 miles west of Texel Is, Holland, in North Sea; five rescued by Royal Navy minesweeper and landed at Grimsby; EXCALIBUR. 3KIA 7RTD (Rescued by Royal Navy). No MACR issued.

B-17 #42-29921 / Oklahoma Okie

42-29921 / Oklahoma Okie

Delivered Denver 13/3/43; Assigned 27BS/2BG New Castle 6/4/43; force landed Meeks Fd, Iceland with John O’Brien 17/4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-Z] Bassingbourn 23/5/43; Missing in Action 29+m Cognac 31/12/43 with Bayard Dudley, Co-pilot: Glen Neff, Bombardier: Jack Hill, Ball turret gunner: Joe Young,Tail gunner: Roy Adkins (5 Killed in Action), Navigator: Edgar Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orlin Gregory, Radio Operator: Alex Fontecchio, Waist gunner: Jim Ross, Waist gunner: Bill Hennig (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft riddled cockpit, with radio room afire, then #2, crashed Salaces, near Lesperon, 15 miles N of Dax, near Bordeaux, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1976. OKLAHOMA OKIE.

B-17 #42-30789 / Flak Suit aka Butcher Boy

42-30789 / Flak Suit aka Butcher Boy

Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Dyersburg 7/8/43; Assigned: 563BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; MIA Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 Pilot: Bill Bramwell, Co-Pilot: Bill Current, Navigator: Chas Smith, Waist Gunner: Les Meader, Ball Turret Gunner: Joe Sage (5POW); Bombardier: John Maiorca, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: H.C. Johnson, Waist Gunner: George Watt (3EVD); Radio Operator: Albertus Harrenstein{found in wreckage}, Tail Gunner: John Craig (2KIA); flak, crashed Lokeren, Belgium. MACR 3137. FLAK SUIT.

B-17 #44-83589


The Fate of this B-17 Flying Fortress is unknown.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3144


Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Salina 20/3/43; Assigned 2BG Navarin 4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila 17/6/43; Massicault 31/7/43; {26m} transferred 32BS/301BG Oudna 14/11/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action {40m} Steyr, Aus. 2/4/44 with Calvin Miller, Co-pilot: Adams, Navigator: Belot, Bombardier: Reese, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dora, Radio Operator: Poe, Ball turret gunner: Nicholson, Waist gunner: Taylor, Waist gunner: Pochmursky,Tail gunner: Tiefenbrun (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Kleinrifling, Austria. Missing Air Crew Report 4197.

B-17 #42-39895 / Bermondsay Battler

42-39895 / Bermondsay Battler

Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; ass 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 22/12/43; {12+m} MIA Bunde 22/2/44 Pilot: Lee Smith, Co-Pilot: Rowland Evans, Navigator: Leonard Meier, Bombardier: Harry Kaufman, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Harry Kemper, Radio Operator: John Zappala, Ball Turret Gunner: Lester Larson, Waist Gunner: Andy Manning, Waist Gunner: Reg Solway, Tail Gunner: Larry Eden (10KIA); Enemy aircraft crashed on Allhornsberg, at Hiddesen, three miles SW of Detmold, Germany. MACR 2935. BERMONDSEY BATTLER.

B-17 #42-30188 / Temptation

42-30188 / Temptation

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned: 413BS/96BG [MZ-S] Snetterton 12/6/43 KATS SASS II; lost engine on take off for Frankfurt 4/2/44 Pilot: Joe Meacham, Co-Pilot: Gene Aldridge, Navigator: Rich Murdoch, Bombardier: Max Helderman, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Herb Shealy, Radio Operator: George Blackburn, Ball Turret Gunner: George Marling, Waist Gunner: Albt Staples, Waist Gunner: Rich Chapman, Tail Gunner: Bill Waton, pass-Lt Bill Giesecke (11RTD); unable to get back to base was forced to crash-landed East Shropham, Nfk, UK; TEMPTATION.