B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies The legendary 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 43-39476

43-39476

Delivered Sth Plains 4/4/45; 2140 BU Smyrna 14/11/45; 342 BU Smyrna 5/5/46; 594 BU Topeka 26/6/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30734 / Slightly Dangerous

42-30734 / Slightly Dangerous

Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Long Beach 8/8/43; Geiger 10/8/43; Walla Walla 12/8/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-G] Thorpe Abbotts 5/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Chas Thompson, Co-pilot: Ross McEuen, Bombardier: Bill Sprow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Derby, Radio Operator: Jack Stern, Ball turret gunner: Jesse Cook,Tail gunner: Don Leech, obs-John Hoerr (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Ed Jones, Waist gunner: Floyd Cahill, Waist gunner: Chas Nessel (3 Killed in Action); shot down by fighter, lost right wing and exploded, crashed Walingen, near Havixbeck, six miles W of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1023. SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38022 / Jeanne

42-38022 / Jeanne

Delivered Cheyenne 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; ass 410BS/94BG [GL-M] Rougham 16/12/43; MIA Berlin 6/3/44 Pilot: Chas Johnston, Co-Pilot: Jim Howes (2KIA-p held onto cp when baling out but lost grip when chute opened); Navigator: Paul Sullivan, Bombardier: Bob Davenport, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Julian Wiedemann, Radio Operator: Dick Elliott, Ball Turret Gunner: Sanford Minor, Waist Gunner: Bob Beaton, Waist Gunner: Bob Thornton, Tail Gunner: Aaron Lowry (8POW); Enemy aircraft caused fire in cockpit, crashed two miles S of Wieste, 15 miles W of Cloppenberg, Germany. MACR 2977. JEANNE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38410

43-38410

Delivered Cheyenne 31/7/44; Kearney 10/8/44; Grenier 16/8/44; Assigned: 18BS/34BG Mendlesham 18/8/44; Returned to US: Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 BU Sth Plains 23/6/45; Scrapped: Kingman 25/11/45. THE SEX MANIACS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3154

42-3154

Delivered Denver 2/3/43; Assigned: 526BS/379BG [LF-B] Dow Fd 19/4/43; Kimbolton 30/5/43; sustained battle damage Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 Pilot: Don Murray, Co-Pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator: Bill Meyer, Bombardier: Chester Gwinn, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Mike Curtin, Radio Operator: Rodgers Tatum, Ball Turret Gunner: Frank Winninger, Waist Gunner: Alex Robert, Waist Gunner: Carl Moak, Tail Gunner: John Rogers (10RTD); crash-landed Rougham a/fd, Sfk, UK; Salvaged. 16/8/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8202

44-8202

Delivered Dallas 8/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Grenier 9/9/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG Framlingham 22/9/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 3/11/45.