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 42-31384 / Buckeye Babe

B-17 #42-31384 / Buckeye Babe

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-T] Polebrook 20/1/44; Missing in Action 103m Paderborn 17/1/45 with Marius Della-Cieppe, Co-pilot: Dell Harvey, Navigator: Spurgeon Clark, Bombardier: Walt Saltys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Smith, Radio Operator: Ed Venezia, Ball turret gunner: George Shearer, Waist gunner: Herman Fancher,Tail gunner: Jim Fager (9 Prisoner of War); en route to target, three engines threw oil and losing height, force landed in Holland; Missing Air Crew Report 12000. BUCKEYE BABE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24507 / Yankee Raider

B-17 #41-24507 / Yankee Raider

Assigned to the 368BS/306BG [BO-G] Westover 25/8/42; Thurleigh 17/9/42; transferred SBA trainer 11/4/43; transferred to the 546th BS, squadron code BK-B, 384th BG, Station 106, Grafton Underwood 23/8/43; transferred to the 545th BS, squadron code JD-B; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with James Edwin Armstrong, Radio Operator: Walter L. House, Waist gunner: Clifford Hammock (3 evaded capture), Co-pilot: Robert L. Stoner, Navigator: Charles C. Carlin, Bombardier: Wilbert Y K Yee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bruno E. Edman, Waist gunner: Olen Grant,Tail gunner: Eldore T. Daudelin, (6 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: James H. Redwing (Killed in Action); shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed near old Etrepagny airfield, 11 miles NW of Gisors, France. Missing Air Crew Report 772. YANKEE RAIDER.

B-17 #42-30434 / Betty Boop-Pistol Packin’ Mama

B-17 #42-30434 / Betty Boop-Pistol Packin’ Mama

Delivered Cheyenne 31/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-A] Framlingham 18/7/43; on Regensburg mission 17/8/43 Len Baumgartner was KIA; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with Bob Bowman,Tail gunner: Carl Phillips (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Pat Reams, Navigator: Frank Belva, Bombardier: Carl Larsen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Daniel, Radio Operator: Marshall Peck, Ball turret gunner: Delbert Lambson, Waist gunner: Joe Embrey, Waist gunner: Harry Roberts (8 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Le Fond de la Borne, near St Erme, nine miles SE of Laon, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2659. BETTY BOOP – THE PISTOL PACKIN’ MAMA.

B-17 #42-107070 / North Star

B-17 #42-107070 / North Star

Delivered Tulsa 11/2/44; Gr Island 13/2/44; Grenier 4/3/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-A] Framlingham 17/3/44; (28m) Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44; mid air coll with 42-97983 (100BG) over Zuider Zee; crashed Hoorn, near Altmaar, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 7218. (?7368) NORTH STAR.

B-17 #42-102569 / Miss Lace

B-17 #42-102569 / Miss Lace

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 94BG Rougham 8/4/44; transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-X] Molesworth 22/4/44; battle damaged Kyllburg, Ger 8/1/45 with Georger Richter (Porter?), crash landed base, Salvaged 2 SAD 9/1/45. MISS LACE.

B-17 #42-29487 / Ritzy Blitz

B-17 #42-29487 / Ritzy Blitz

Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/42; Salina 2/2/43; Duncan 23/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; 48m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Wayne Hedglin, Co-pilot: Don Jones, Navigator: Carey Goodwin, Waist gunner: Bill Francisco, Waist gunner: Walt Williams (5 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: John McKewen (chute failed), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cody Wolf, Radio Operator: James Lascu Jr., Ball turret gunner: George Richardson,Tail gunner: Stan Lyttle (5 Killed in Action); hit by 20 enemy aircraft KO’d #1 and fire broke out in fuselage, crashed Wennigsen/Diester, 12 miles SW of Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1915. RITZY BLITZ.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-39508

B-17 #43-39508

Delivered – . Last Seattle built aircraft 9/4/45, Bu No 6981. On the ceremonial roll out on 9/4/45 it was covered with card cut outs of every target a B-17 attacked.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107211 / Liberty Belle

B-17 #42-107211 / Liberty Belle

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-N] Thorpe Abbotts 20/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Carl Gustafson, Co-pilot: Mike Newmerowski, Navigator: Vic Kinkade, Bombardier: Marcena Dottoviano, Radio Operator: Tony Trebnik, Ball turret gunner: Jack Kromer, Waist gunner: Frank Caldwell,Tail gunner: Bill Ewing (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Fife (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Mannstedt, N of Weimar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8795.THE LIBERTY BELLE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29777 / Peck’s Bad Boys

B-17 #42-29777 / Peck’s Bad Boys

Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Long Beach 14/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-H] Thurleigh 19/5/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/7/43 with Steve Peck, Co-pilot: John Bartlett, Navigator: Dan Barberis, Bombardier: Ben Irons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Davis, Radio Operator: Bob Jones, Ball turret gunner: Dan DeFlorio, Waist gunner: John Guiterrez, Waist gunner: Walt Berthold,Tail gunner: Henry Winkeller (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 & #2, crashed near Detmold, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 125. PECK’S BAD BOYS.