“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 42-37840 / Combined Operations

42-37840 / Combined Operations

Delivered Long Beach 21/9/43; Gt Falls 13/10/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 20/2/44; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-Y] Thurleigh 12/3/44. While on cross country navigation mission to Nutts Corner airfield, Belfast, it encountered foggy conditions and crashed Pearlwick Bay, near Glen Chase, Isle of Man, UK 15/4/45 with Bob Vieille, Co-pilot: Colin Liersch, Navigator: Howard Le Compte, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Gallion, Radio Operator: Chester Smailczewski, Bill Starbuck; plus passengers: Capt Bradley Butterfieldsq ops, Capt George Cubberleysq exec, Darrell Jones, Austin Parrishp and Red Cross nurse Emily Rea, 11KIS; sal. COMBINED OPERATIONS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38360 / Bride of Mars

43-38360 / Bride of Mars

Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Hunter 4/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 9/9/44; Missing in Action {28m} Berlin 5/12/44 with Ralph Blanton, Norval Covington, Roy Burns, Allison Stern, Lauren Porter, Arvid Johnson, Ken Minette, Emery Salyards, Lou Smith (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 and ship dropped away and crashed Spandau, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 11045. BRIDE OF MARS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30150 / Exterminator

42-30150 / Exterminator

Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Rapid City 9/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-S] Horham 27/6/43; 9m, Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Fred Hodges, Co-pilot: Jim Peacock, Navigator: Bill Grody, Bombardier: Eleazar Moody, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Brown, Radio Operator: Bob Shafer, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Brooks, Waist gunner: Dick Porter, Waist gunner: Larry Burleigh,Tail gunner: Ernie Weaver (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft attacked and then ship exploded, crashed in sea off Lathen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 214. EXTERMINATOR.

B-17 #42-29700 / Jimmy Boy

42-29700 / Jimmy Boy

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-O] Bassingbourn 17/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-E] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 12 July 1943; Missing in Action Kiel 29 July 1943 with James R. Roberts, Co-pilot: Paul Pate Gordy, Navigator: Richard P. Sherrer, Bombardier: Thomas F. Cawley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul L. Overbaugh, Radio Operator: Robert P. Goldman, Waist gunner: Howard F. Avery (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Chester E. Conover, Waist gunner: Joseph P. Williams,Tail gunner: Robert J. Quaranta (3 Killed in Action); loss details ?, crashed at Kaltoft, near Schwelsig, Germany, No MACR. JIMMY BOY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38352


Delivered Cheyenne 24/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 12/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6-F] Debach; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Edwin Cockerham, Co-pilot: Bob Eggleston, Navigator: Dan Cashman, Bombardier: Bob Lawrence, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Husak, Radio Operator: Chester Sick, Ball turret gunner: Pvt Bob Uithoven, Waist gunner: Les White (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Jim Bartholomew (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Hillerge, N of Gottingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8870.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8322 / Pappy’s Wagon aka Jewel Box

44-8322 / Pappy’s Wagon aka Jewel Box

Delivered Kearney 9/8/44; Grenier 20/8/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 24/8/44; battle damaged Cologne 17/10/44 with ?; crash landed Honington A/fd, UK Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; Sth Plains 29/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/11/45.