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 #43-38434


Delivered Cheyenne 2/8/44; Hunter 12/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Podington 13/9/44; Missing in Action {71m} Zwickau 7/10/44 with Chas Kerr, George Vogler, Leroy Draud, Bill Cummings {Ex nav}, Joe Barrett (5 Prisoner of War); Dwight Benjamin, Bob Devaney, Alby Salazar, Bill McCray, Bob Moshier (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Emmerich; Missing Air Crew Report 9345.

B-17 #44-6346


Delivered Hunter 10/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 419BS/301BG Lucera 27/7/44; depot 3/4/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97847


Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 8/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned: 549BS/385BG [XA-Q] Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; MIA Magdeburg 28/5/44 Pilot: Francis Hunter, Co-Pilot: Ray Miller, Navigator: Preston Ray, Bombardier: Antero Coelho, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ralph Marts, Radio Operator: Jerome Schrotter, Ball Turret Gunner: Dick Scott, Waist Gunner: Ed Kowalski, Waist Gunner: Ken Sheehan, Tail Gunner: Maurice Pruner (10POW); flak KOd #4, crashed Albrechtshain, near Grimma, E of Leipzig, Germany. MACR 5265.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39865


Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; ass 710BS/447BG [IJ-C] Rattlesden 27/11/43; MIA Laon, Fr 9/5/44 Pilot: Bill Owens, Co-Pilot: Bill Heim, Navigator: Julian Matin, Bombardier: John McKinney, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Jack Seeger, Ball Turret Gunner: Herb Holland, Waist Gunner: Edwin Sieniarecki, Tail Gunner: Leroy Potter (8KIA); Radio Operator: John Browko, Waist Gunner: Conrad St Laurent (2POW); flak knocked off nose, then ball turret fell off followed by aircraft disintegrating in mid-air to crashed two miles N of Laon, Fr; MACR 4588.

B-17 #44-6442


Delivered Kearney 5/8/44; Grenier 24/8/44; 273 BU Lincoln 4/9/44; Assigned 340BS/97BG Amendola 15/9/44; Missing in Action Kalmaki A/fd, Greece 21/1/45 with John Potkalitsky, Cummings, Hill, Chapman, Poovey, Gorman {Wounded in Action}, Shea, McKinlay, Whalen {Wounded in Action}, Couvillion {Wounded in Action}; ditched, all rescued.

B-17 #42-30340 / Dry Run aka Screamin’ Red Ass

42-30340 / Dry Run aka Screamin’ Red Ass

Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Grand Isle 4/6/43; Dow Field 25/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 26/6/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Alan Amman, Co-pilot: Don Wollard, Navigator: Bill Pierson, Navigator: Ralph Diederich, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Carter, Radio Operator: Joe McGonagle, Ball turret gunner: Boyd Iverson, Waist gunner: Harlie Sands,Tail gunner: Frank Metzler (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Harry Quick (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Neu-Ummendorf, near Eisleben, 19 miles W of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3079. SCREAMIN’ RED ASS.

B-17 #42-30642 / Geronimo

42-30642 / Geronimo

Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/43; Gore 4/7/43; Cheyenne 26/7/43; Dow Fd 27/7/43; Assigned: 568BS/390BG [BI-O] Framlingham 6/8/43; Transferred: 569BS [CC-O]; MIA Schweinfurt 19/7/44 Pilot: Dick Smith, Ira Pritchett, Dan Sulmazey, Theo Ekdahl, John Tope, Lee tabor, Bill Bruton, Alb Herricht, Bob Milligan, Bob Richardson (10KIA); flak, one engine out, crashed Haren, Belgium. MACR 7555. GERONIMO.

B-17 #44-8390 / Garbage Cannie aka Tennessee Sunshine

44-8390 / Garbage Cannie aka Tennessee Sunshine

Delivered Dallas 27/8/44; Langley 23/9/44; Grenier 12/10/44; Assigned 353BS/301BG PFF Lucera 1/11/44; Missing in Action Brux 4/3/45 with Ralph Walter Sommers, Kostantacos, Epstein, Spangler, Kern, McGinness, Littlefield (7 EVD/RTD); Dutton, Hays, Moller (3 KIA); flak, ditched Adriatic Sea; 7 evaded capture & ret; 3 KIA; Missing Air Crew Report 12917. GARBAGE CANNIE.