“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 #44-6578 / Rusty Dusty

44-6578 / Rusty Dusty

Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 28/9/44; transferred 332BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 7/12/44; 17m taxi collision with 43-38306 with Joe Troccolli 4/4/45, Salvaged. RUSTY DUSTY.

B-17 #42-29673 / Old Bill

42-29673 / Old Bill

Delivered Denver 31/1/43; Gt Falls 8/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned: 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Chelveston 6/4/43; then 422BS [JJ-S]; severe battle damage Wangerooge 15/5/43 Pilot: Bill Whitson, Co-Pilot: Harry Holt, Bombardier: Bob Barrall, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Albt Haymon, Radio Operator: Fred Bewak, Ball Turret Gunner: Edgar Nichols, Waist Gunner: Homer Ramsey, Waist Gunner: John Breen, Tail Gunner: Ken Meyer, photo-George Friend (10RTD); Navigator: Doug Venable (KIA); Salvaged. 16/5/43. OLD BILL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6266


Delivered Hunter 22/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44; Assigned 32BS/301BG Lucera 8/7/44; battle damaged Linz 2/3/45 with ?; crash landed base, Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107081 / Crazy Horse

42-107081 / Crazy Horse

Delivered Tulsa 15/2/44; Hunter 3/3/44; Morrison 19/3/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Sterparone 18/4/44; one of two squadron aircraft (the other 42-32043) used on SOE missions to Czechoslovakia, with supplies to Resistance, and returning with US evadees; Salvaged 6/12/44 after ground looping at Sterparone with Dave Rice. CRAZY HOUSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37788


Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Hunter 3/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned: 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 17/6/44; MIA Munich 13/7/44 Pilot: Russ Hilding, Ray Wojnicz (2POW); George Mong, Claud Kelly, Fred Gleason, Horace Dimartino, Harry White, Emory Markham, Erwin Williams, Joe Stewart (8EVD); flak, crashed Vendrest, ‘. MACR 6938. Salvaged. 13/10/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37799


Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/44; Hunter 1/6/44; Grenier 14/6/44; Assigned 447BS Rattlesden 16/6/44; transferred 339BS/96BG [QJ-W] Snetterton 17/6/44; battle damaged French Noball sites 8/7/44 with ?; crash landed RAF Sutton Bridge, UK; Salvaged 10/7/44.