“The best bomber which was ever built. She could handle extensive damage and still stay in the air.”
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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30389 / Dear Mom

42-30389 / Dear Mom

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/43; Gore 27/5/43; Cheyenne 2/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z] Rougham 7/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bernard W. Nayovitz, Co-pilot: James F. Smith, Jr., Navigator: Murlyn F. Burnett, Bombardier: Robert P. Allison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert V. Beyke, Ball turret gunner: Jack H. Loveless (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Arthur P. McDonnell,Tail gunner: James W. Tolbert (2 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Jake Dalinsky, Waist gunner: Beverley G. Geyer (2 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Lummen, six miles E of Deist, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 323. DEAR MOM.
B-17 #42-37796 / Fletcher’s Castoria III

42-37796 / Fletcher’s Castoria III

Delivered Denver 3/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 28/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Bill Fletcher, Co-pilot: Dick Roper, Navigator: George Browning, Bombardier: Howard Venzie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leo Callahan, Radio Operator: George Reid, Ball turret gunner: Peitro Deaquinto, Waist gunner: Alex Sosik, Waist gunner: John Seman,Tail gunner: Dave Robb (10 Prisoner of War); battle damaged plus mech fault, force landed Halfweg, between Amsterdam & Harlem, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2761. npo FLETCHER’S CASTORIA III.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30017 / All Shot To Hell

42-30017 / All Shot To Hell

Delivered Dallas 2/4/43; Geiger 23/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-W] Ridgewell 10/7/43; transferred Mildenhall 17/7/43, then 568BS/390BG [BI-G] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Ashbrooke Tyson, Co-pilot: Chas Hinckley, Navigator: Chas Hansen, Bombardier: Elmo Peterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Tyson, Radio Operator: Verial Whaples, Ball turret gunner: Bill Roberts, Waist gunner: Albt Van Pelt, Waist gunner: Edmund Valonis,Tail gunner: C.L. Roseberry (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, left wing on fire, exploded and crashed Bingen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 388. ALL SHOT TO HELL.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30002 / Damifino aka The WAAC Hunter

42-30002 / Damifino aka The WAAC Hunter

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Gore 17/4/43; Hamilton 28/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 19/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Henry Shotland, Co-pilot: Chas Thompson, Navigator: Tom Doran, Bombardier: Bill Harrison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Field, Radio Operator: Ed Kussman, Ball turret gunner: Larry Capdeville, Waist gunner: John Keegan, Waist gunner: Roy Butler (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Foster Compton (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit wing which caught fire, crashed Boxheierhof, SE of Burstadt, 10 miles N of Mannheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 680. DAMIFINO aka THE WAAC HUNTER.
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24544 / Pennsylvania Polka

41-24544 / Pennsylvania Polka

B-17F 41-24544 “Pennsylvania Polka” was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Oct-42; Shot down 4-Feb-43 by fighters 12 miles NW of the tip of Terschelling Island, Holland while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. The marshalling yards were obscured by clouds and the port area of Emden, Germany was attacked as a target of last resort. 10KIA MACRS 3557 & 4635. Flew 7+ missions
B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31107 / Lady Jane

42-31107 / Lady Jane

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 5/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 29/11/43; Missing in Action Halbestadt 11/1/44 with Herschell Jarrell, Co-pilot: Lt Col Chas Bowman, Bombardier: Tom Tate, Radio Operator: John Smitherfound 14/8/44, Ball turret gunner: John Harrison, Waist gunner: Alphonse Rossetti, Waist gunner: Ray Wilson,Tail gunner: Lt Bill Zurynetz (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Cole, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene Landry (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed swampy ground near Rehburg, 19 miles from Hanover, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2513