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 43-38925

B-17 #43-38925

Delivered Lincoln 12/10/44; Dow Fd 24/10/44; Assigned: 833BS/486BG [4N-T] Sudbury 25/10/44; MIA Mannheim 21/1/45 Pilot: George Holdefer, Theo Odell, Sante Fasan, Fred Hermann, John Dellafave, Tony Victor, Sol Shindel, Chas McGee, Joe Ginney (9POW); flak, crashed Ingstettin, Germany. MACR 11798.

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

B-17 #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: Joshua Adame, 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 #42-30197 / Mission Belle

B-17 #42-30197 / Mission Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Gt Falls 6/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Duane Pangle, Co-pilot: Onner Davis, Navigator: Sam Kaiser, Bombardier: Bob Brisebois, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Witherington, Radio Operator: Jim Gant, Ball turret gunner: Harry Jones, Waist gunner: Vince Corleto, Waist gunner: Arthur Brandt,Tail gunner: Tom Cavanagh (10INT); flak on bomb run, crash landed Kristianopel, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 3822. MISSION BELLE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37529

B-17 #43-37529

Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned: 305BG Chelveston 2/6/44; battle damage Hamm, Germany. 19/9/44 Pilot: George Hogaboam, Lee James, Mark Neaudeau, Ira Beckman, Abel Flores, Bill Knightley, John Jones, Felix Gladden (8RTD); Billy R. Robertson (POW); Salvaged. 21/9/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39803 / The Wolf

B-17 #42-39803 / The Wolf

Delivered Long Beach Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-Y] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; 16m Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Fewer McGee, Co-pilot: Max Sweyer, Navigator: Don Vandervelden, Bombardier: Ed Bauer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Graham, Ball turret gunner: Tom McMenamin, Waist gunner: Frank Kashock,Tail gunner: Rich Bodine (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Walt Getsey, Waist gunner: Cliff Kirkpatrick (2 Killed in Action); heavy flak barrage, crashed Sevelen, near Geldern 13 miles NW of Krefeld, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2235. THE WOLF.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat

B-17 #42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat

Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Alconbury 29/3/43; t/o Framlingham (6m), Missing in Action Cuxhaven 11/6/43 with Malcolm MacKinnon, Co-pilot: Gene Wood, Navigator: Dick Miller, Bombardier: Windell Neeley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Babich, Radio Operator: John Vail, Ball turret gunner: Dick Cavanaugh, Waist gunner: John Davoren, Waist gunner: Alex Marek,Tail gunner: Stan Bennett (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft attacked, ship exploded, crashed North Sea, 70 miles N of Texel Is, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2807. LONESOME POLECAT.

B-17 #42-3118 / Daisy June aka Shack Rabbit aka The Green Hornet

B-17 #42-3118 / Daisy June aka Shack Rabbit aka The Green Hornet

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Thurleigh 16/4/43 DAISY JUNE; transferred 413BS SHACK RABBIT; transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-N] Ridgewell 6/7/43; Missing in Action 14m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Austin Larson, Co-pilot: Francis Wilson, Navigator: Horace Neff, Bombardier: George Regan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Nix, Radio Operator: Mike Trainer, Ball turret gunner: Milt Copeland, Waist gunner: John Crawbuck,Tail gunner: Alex Williams (9 Prisoner of War), Waist gunner: Ross Defenbaugh (Killed in Action); two engines KO’d by enemy aircraft & flak, crashed out of control at Goslar near Bernburg, 20 miles SW of Oschersleben, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1875. THE GREEN HORNET.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102641

B-17 #42-102641

Delivered Cheyenne 22/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 20/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-K] Snetterton 22/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Lee Seeman 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44.

B-17 #43-37978

B-17 #43-37978

Delivered Cheyenne 12/6/44; Hunter 7/7/44; Dow Fd 25/7/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-J] Polebrook 7/8/44; {48m} Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/12/45.

B-17 #42-29858 / Murder Incorporated aka Censored

B-17 #42-29858 / Murder Incorporated aka Censored

Delivered Denver 28/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 17/5/43 MURDER INCORPORATED 31m; crashed on take off after losing engine at Oundle, near Barnwell, UK 21 February 1944, with Lt – Evans, crew ? ; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 22/2/44, Salvaged . CENSORED.