“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 41-2591

41-2591

Delivered Pendleton; Tucson 12/5/42; Alamogordo 19/6/42; force landed base with K.R. Mitchell 29/6/42; repaired & Biggs 7/11/42; Boise 9/1/43; Lockbourne 24/2/43; force landed base with Chas Harris 13/7/43; force landed Atlanta Apt with J.W. Schonlau 9/8/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3223 / Red Hot Riding Hood

42-3223 / Red Hot Riding Hood

Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/4 Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-R] Ridgewell 2/6/43 with Chas Hedin, Rudi Duncan, Frank Cappel, Dick Hanna, Bob Potts, Vivian Thomas, Stewart McDonald, Cliff Marhefke, Arnold Lorick; en route Amiens 14/7/43 caught fire and blew up over Rattlesden a/fd, Sfk with Chas Hedin, Co-pilot: Bill Burroughs, Ball turret gunner: Stewart McDonald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vivian Thomas, Waist gunner: Ed De Cosmo, Waist gunner: Cliff Marhefke (6 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Frank Kappel, Navigator: Don Hamm, Radio Operator: Bob Potts 3wia,Tail gunner: Rich Hanna (4 Returned to Duty). Salvaged. RED HOT RIDING HOOD.

B-17 #42-29832 / Our Mom aka Spirit Of A Nation

42-29832 / Our Mom aka Spirit Of A Nation

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H] Chelveston 18/5/43 SPIRIT OF A NATION; transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 22/8/8/43; AFSC 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 16/6/44; Memphis 13/7/44; Tinker 14/9/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge Fd 23/11/44. OUR MOM.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8920

44-8920

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/45; Hunter 3/3/45; Grenier 26/3/45; Assigned 8AF 28/3/45; Returned to the USA Morrison 28/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 2/1/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2624

41-2624

Delivered Ogden 1/3/42; Cheyenne 27/3/42; Lowry 13/5/42; slated for RAF but crashed 10 miles NW of Wendover, UT 15/5/42, lost control in a snowstorm; crew bailed and all found except pilot Lt Jim Payne.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2623

41-2623

Delivered Ogden 1/3/42; Cheyenne 25/3/42; Wayne Co. 17/4/42; RCAF Dorval 24/4/42; Gander-Prestwick 10/5/42 with Walter Edser to RAF [FK196]; 220 Sq (ZZ-C) Ballykelly and Aldergrove, N.I. 13/7/42; 1 OTU Thornaby, Yorks 30/8/43; not used for anti-sub ops but served as as trainer with 1674 HCU Aldergrove, N.I. 26/10/43; 519 Sq Wick, Scot.; 251 Sq (AD-E) Reykjavik, Iceland 1/4/45. Struck Off Charge 21/6/47.