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 42-31783 / Ready Teddy II

B-17 #42-31783 / Ready Teddy II

Delivered Denver 19/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-T] Podington 5/2/44; Missing in Action Misburg 9/9/44 with Joe Navarra, Co-pilot: Ray Weis, Navigator: Stadley Straus, Bombardier: Bob McNeary, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Sprowls, Radio Operator: Angelo Galatis; Ball turret gunner: Merl Brown Stitt, Waist gunner: Ed Madigan, Tail gunner: Noah Tuttle (9 evaded capture via French Underground & ret UK); force landed France; Salvaged 29/11/44. READY TEDDY II.

B-17 #44-6117

B-17 #44-6117

Delivered Tulsa 6/5/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] Bassingbourn 27/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with Bob O’Bannon, Co-pilot: Tom Fitzgerald, Navigator: Nathan Bartman, Bombardier: Arnold Ostwald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Irvin Lewis, Radio Operator: Ben Goldman, Ball turret gunner: Herb McCutchan, Waist gunner: Joe Fioretti (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Amos Estrada (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed inlake at Castle Stolzenburg,nt Politz, 14 miles NW of Stettin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5980.

B-17 #41-9026 / Baby Doll

B-17 #41-9026 / Baby Doll

Polebook, England (342BS/97BG) – March 1942; Bovingdon, England (327/92BG) – 24 August 1942; Missing In Action – 6 September 1942. BABY DOLL.

B-17 #42-107172

B-17 #42-107172

Delivered Tulsa 13/3/44; MacDill 22/3/44; Hunter 27/3/44; Morrison 4/4/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 19/4/44; Missing in Action Memmingen 18/7/44 with Rich Combs, Blake, Hammontree, Mastalski, Daufeldt, Giard, Nichols, Granneman (8 Killed in Action); McGee, Becker (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Memmingen; Missing Air Crew Report 7153.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39910

B-17 #42-39910

Delivered Long Beach 6/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; slated 384BG Grafton Underwood, but transferred 535BS/381BG [MS- ] Ridgewell 20/12/43; {1m} Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Earl Duarte, Co-pilot: Glen McCabe, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russ Jevons (3 evaded capture), Navigator: Cornelius Heintz, Bombardier: Harry Grimball, Radio Operator: Joseph Balesh, Ball turret gunner: Howard Norris, Waist gunner: Jim Martin, Waist gunner: Albt Smith,Tail gunner: Powell McDaniel (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Launaguet, near Chemin Boudou, N of Toulouse, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1878.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3514 / Dinah Mite II aka Doll Baby

B-17 #42-3514 / Dinah Mite II aka Doll Baby

Delivered Denver 13/7/43; Hill 20/8/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-V] Ridgewell 24/9/43 (DINAH MITE II?); Missing in Action 18+m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Billy Chason, Co-pilot: Henry Mickelson, Navigator: Larry Walker, Bombardier: Americus Gentile, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Hydra, Radio Operator: Bob Vollbrecht, Ball turret gunner: Ray Martin, Waist gunner: Howard Greenwood, Waist gunner: Tom Cobb,Tail gunner: Steve Kudla (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, #3 caught fire, crashed between Oldenburg and Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1878. DOLL BABY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3508 / Jersey Lily aka Bastard’s Bungalow II

B-17 #42-3508 / Jersey Lily aka Bastard’s Bungalow II

Delivered Denver 13/7/43; Scott 15/8/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 25/8/43; battle damaged Berlin 6/4/44 with Lt Ferbrache; Missing in Action Augsburg 18/3/44 with Bob Horn, Co-pilot: Bart Mahoney, Navigator: Bill Newell, Bombardier: Chas Conner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Shuback, Radio Operator: Ken Mueller, Ball turret gunner: Russ Priester, Waist gunner: Aubrey Slimm, Waist gunner: Vic Saabyo,Tail gunner: Bill Graser (10 Prisoner of War); flak damage and crash landed Dormstadt, six miles N of Ulm, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3232. JERSEY LILY aka BASTARD’S BUNGALOW II.

B-17 #42-32029 / Miss Treated

B-17 #42-32029 / Miss Treated

Delivered Denver 16/1/44; Gt Falls 19/1/44; Scott 2/2/44; MacDill 4/2/44; Homestead 21/3/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Tortorella 22/3/44; crash landed base ex-Salzburg 11/11/44 with Harlan Nueman, Carney, Stoner, Rogers, Bozeman, Watt {Wounded in Action}, Tappen, Schooley (8 Returned to Duty); Numedahl (Killed in Action); Ginoza (Prisoner of War); two engines out, bomb hung up in bay, burned and exploded; crew safe. MISS TREATED.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31050

B-17 #42-31050

Delivered Cheyenne 11/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned: 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 19/10/43; Transferred: 527BS; MIA Frankfurt 29/1/44 Pilot: Jack Rhyner, Co-Pilot: Leon Levens, Radio Operator: Fred Brown, Ball Turret Gunner: Walt Eckleberry (4EVD); Navigator: Jim Dennis, Bombardier: Harry Walz, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Joe Ventimiglia{captured 16/3/44}, Waist Gunner: John Ault, Waist Gunner: Larry Giles{captured 16/3/44}, Tail Gunner: Frank Mabante (6POW); Enemy aircraft, crash-landed Bra-Lierneux, Liege, Belgium. ; MACR 2874.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31424

B-17 #42-31424

Delivered Cheyenne 1/11/43; Assigned 353BS/301BG Cerignola 30/12/43; Missing in Action {13m} Villaorba, It. 30/1/44 with Joe Perkins, Thigpen, Reynolds, Tracy, Oldroyd, Richardson, Weed, Gresham, Browning, Murphy, (fate ?); flak, crashed Udine; Missing Air Crew Report 2062.