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 #42-31064 / Hey Lou

42-31064 / Hey Lou

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; Missing in Action Kiel 31/12/43 with Don Lawry, Co-pilot: Jim Dockendorf{only body recovered}, Navigator: Harry Self, Bombardier: Bernie Weiner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Waterman, Radio Operator: Lee Peters, Ball turret gunner: Chas Roome, Waist gunner: Bob Knutson, Waist gunner: Clarry College,Tail gunner: Horace Wood (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed sea St Catherine’s Point, off Isle of Wight, UK. Missing Air Crew Report 1872. HEY LOU.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30864

42-30864

Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gore 13/8/43; Cheyenne 14/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 19/9/43; Missing in Action 2m Bremen 8/10/43 with Bill Cormany, Co-pilot: Maj Bill Ingenhutt, Navigator: Edwin Frost, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Miller, Radio Operator: Bob Roeder, Ball turret gunner: Jim O’Hara, Waist gunner: Jim Dwyer, Waist gunner: Dick Smith,Tail gunner: Lt Bob Weniger (9 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Bob Black (Killed in Action); flak KO’d #2, crashed Haupstedt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 885.

B-17 #42-32066 / Silver Sliver

42-32066 / Silver Sliver

Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 11/2/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-D] Horham 3/3/44; transferred 335BS (OE-D); 67m, with R.E. Squyres sustained battle damaged Stuttgart 16/12/44, ran into mud off end of runway on return, then hit by 43-38453 which had overshot runway, Salvaged 17/12/44. SILVER (SLIVER) SLIPPER.

B-17 #42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverine

42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverine

Delivered Cheyenne 11/9/43; Scott 28/9/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG Ridgewell 20/10/43; Missing in Action 19m Brunswick 30/1/44 with Bob Deering, Navigator: Dave Barer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wardell Horne, Radio Operator: Andy Richards, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Husvar, Waist gunner: Lloyd Jackson, Waist gunner: Wallace Scott,Tail gunner: Loren Sandford (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Williams, Bombardier: Paul Crabtree (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed on a street between Kohle & Ottbergen, six miles E of Hildesheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2243. LITTLE DUCHESS aka WOLVERINE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38009

43-38009

Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned: 850BS/490BG Eye 21/7/44; MIA Stuttgart 13/9/44 Pilot: Albt Davis, Dick Wessel (2POW); Fred Ostler, Jenner De Santis, John Godfrey, Teofilio Crixel, Larry Roony, Don Garry, Oscar Jensen (7KIA); flak, crashed Hochheim, Germany. MACR 8855.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8121

44-8121

Del Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 10/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 10/8/44; battle damaged Darmstadt 24/12/44 with Lloyd S. Reed; force landed continent; Sal; Missing Air Crew Report 11561.

B-17 #44-8311 / Terry’s Tiger

44-8311 / Terry’s Tiger

Delivered Hunter 7/8/44; Atlanta 13/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-P] Bassingbourn 10/9/44; battle damaged {20m} Altenbeken 26/11/44 with Tom Martin, Co-pilot: George Miller; enemy aircraft hit #1 & 3, crash landed Denain/Prouvy A/fd, Fr; as aircraft bellied in killed woman and two children ran in panic; Salvaged 11/12/44; TERRY’S TIGER.

B-17 #42-3359

42-3359

Delivered Denver 25/5/43; Dow Fd 9/7/43; Assigned HQ Bovingdon; Salvaged n/battle damaged with Albert Lentz 23/12/44.