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 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8506 / Miss Mac

44-8506 / Miss Mac

Delivered Lincoln 2/10/44; Grenier 16/10/44; Assigned: 563BS/388BG Knettishall 18/10/44; Returned to US: Bradley 17/6/45; Sth Plains 20/6/45; Scrapped: Kingman 18/12/45. MISS MAC.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6840 / Marge

44-6840 / Marge

Delivered Hunter 25/11/44; Dow Fd 20/12/44; Assigned 18BS/34BG Mendlesham 23/12/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45. MARGE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-39102 / Old Augie

43-39102 / Old Augie

Delivered Lincoln 2/12/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-B then V] Nuthampstead 27/2/45; RAF Valley 21/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45. ‘Old Augie’.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102434 / Heavens Above aka Panhandle Kid

42-102434 / Heavens Above aka Panhandle Kid

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval (Montreal) 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB783]; transferred USAAF 26/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 22/3/44; battle damaged Merseburg 28/9/44 with Elroy Gierach, Co-pilot: Percy Mead, Navigator: Harry Hobbs, Bombardier: Milton Gunnarson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Smith, Radio Operator: Martin Krey, Ball turret gunner: Daryl Daugherty, Waist gunner: Jim Hyde,Tail gunner: Jim Hodgin (9 Returned to Duty); flak damaged two engines, crash landed Les Villette, near Brasur-Liennes, SW of Malmedy, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 9379. PANHANDLE KID.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85681

44-85681

Delivered Louisville 24/4/45; Syracuse 25/5/45; Middletown 8/11/45; Morrison 5/12/45; 4112 BU Olmstead 31/1/46; West palm Beach 3/3/46; 1103 BU Morrison 6/3/46; re-ass 30/4/47; 91 RLP Howard, CZ 1/1/48; 91 RLP Waller 1/7/48; 91 RLP Maguire 9/2/49; 91 SRC Barksdale 5/12/49; to USN, Recl Comp 16/2/50.

B-17 #42-3060 / Hell’s Belle

42-3060 / Hell’s Belle

Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; 548BS/385BG [GX-V] Dow Fd 15/6/43; Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 3/9/43; Missing in Action 4m Solingen 1/12/43 with Chas Guinn, Co-pilot: Ken Fallek, Navigator: Bob Hornbeck, Bombardier: Sid Edelstein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Wingate, Radio Operator: Bert Stieler, Ball turret gunner: Bill Rassmussen, Waist gunner: Chas Dyer, Waist gunner: Cecil Corner,Tail gunner: Gerry McDowell (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, crash landed Boich, near five miles S of Duren, Ger. Despite crew’s attempts to ignite their ship, the Luftwaffe salvaged it for spares. Missing Air Crew Report 1319. HELL’S BELLE.