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 42-107189 / 7th Son

B-17 #42-107189 / 7th Son

Delivered Tulsa 18/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned: 339BS/96BG [QJ-M] Snetterton 11/4/44; MIA Brux 12/5/44 Pilot: Bob Simons, Co-Pilot: Horace Duncan, Navigator: Garnett Nelson, Bombardier: Jack Russell, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Harland Paul, Radio Operator: Walt Keshal, Ball Turret Gunner: Joe Petrosky, Waist Gunner: Tony Russo, Waist Gunner: Ralph Good (9KIA); Tail Gunner: John Wethor (POW); Enemy aircraft killed both pilots in first pass, crashed Hof Gnadental near Dauborn, six miles SE of Limburg, Germany. MACR 4864. 7TH SON.

B-17 #42-39803 / The Wolf

B-17 #42-39803 / The Wolf

Delivered Long Beach Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-Y] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; 16m Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Fewer McGee, Co-pilot: Max Sweyer, Navigator: Don Vandervelden, Bombardier: Ed Bauer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Graham, Ball turret gunner: Tom McMenamin, Waist gunner: Frank Kashock,Tail gunner: Rich Bodine (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Walt Getsey, Waist gunner: Cliff Kirkpatrick (2 Killed in Action); heavy flak barrage, crashed Sevelen, near Geldern 13 miles NW of Krefeld, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2235. THE WOLF.

B-17 #44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids

B-17 #44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids

Delivered Hunter 8/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 4/9/44; battle damaged Derben, Ger 14/1/45 with Ralph Terry, Bob Preis, Russell Hoth, John Merrill, Paul Butler, Dan Love, Fernado Acosta, Dale Sheetz, Russ Cogan (9INT); mech fault, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 11800; repaired & returned to group 30/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/8/45; Independence 3/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 22/12/45. PAIR-A-DICE KIDS.

B-17 #42-30119 / Hunter’s Answer

B-17 #42-30119 / Hunter’s Answer

Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Morrison 5/5/43; Warner Robins 10/5/43; Morrison 18/5/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 14/6/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; Missing in Action Foggia 22/7/43 with Frank Hunter, Dickell, Andrews, Creadon, Morris, Ishum, Smith (8 Killed in Action); Titus, Walker (2 Prisoner of War). Missing Air Crew Report 414. HUNTER’S ANSWER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102561

B-17 #42-102561

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; slated 385BG, Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-D] Snetterton 22/4/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Chas Irving, Bombardier: John Flanyak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Zalaker, Radio Operator: Jim Campbell, Waist gunner: Paul Nadeau,Tail gunner: George McCully (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Lou Pastore, Navigator: Ed Montgomery, Ball turret gunner: John Borneo, Waist gunner: Walt Froehlich (4 Prisoner of War); mid-air coll with 42-102475 (96BG), snapped in half; crashed Woessingen, nine miles E of Karlsruhe, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5164.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102475

B-17 #42-102475

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-J ] Snetterton 1/5/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Wilbur Brean, Navigator: Bob Egan, Bombardier: John Ellender, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Fancea, Radio Operator: Glen Galbreath, Ball turret gunner: Marion Mangum,Tail gunner: Gene Fava (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Hill, Waist gunner: Bill Brinley, Waist gunner: Jack Dark (3 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-102561 (96BG), broke in half; crashed a mile N of Stein, near Pforzheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5162.

B-17 #42-97278 / Umbriago

B-17 #42-97278 / Umbriago

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-K] Thurleigh 12/5/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 12/9/44 with Chas Wagener, Co-pilot: Bill Griffin, Navigator: Don Marsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Stroyoff(4 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Bill Sewart, Radio Operator: Jack Krahn, Ball turret gunner: John Eden, Waist gunner: Bill Gardiner,Tail gunner: Henry Rodgers (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Uedersee, near Eberswalde, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8833. UMBRIAGO.

B-17 #43-37999 / Lecherous Lou

B-17 #43-37999 / Lecherous Lou

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG [4F-M] Lavenham 14/7/44; battle damaged Brandenburg 10/4/45 with ?; force landed continent, Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107118 / Snafuperman

B-17 #42-107118 / Snafuperman

Delivered Tulsa 27/2/44; Hunter 4/3/44; Homestead 8/3/44; Assigned 20BS/2BG Amendola 17/3/44; Missing in Action (62m) Moravska Ostrova 29/8/44 with Bill Garland, Co-pilot: Leo Zupan, Navigator: Albt Novak, Bombardier: Bill Hayett, Radio Operator: Chas Griffin, Ball turret gunner: Jesse Barker, Waist gunner: Ralph DeWitt, Waist gunner: Bob Hoadley (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Irving Katz, Waist gunner: Russ Payne (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, #1 on fire and supercharger went out on #2, while attacks ko’d #3; crashed Fritschendorf, Austria ?; Missing Air Crew Report 7987. SNAFUPERMAN.

B-17 #42-97508 / Juanita

B-17 #42-97508 / Juanita

Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Savannah 30/12/43; Assigned 416BS/99BG Tortorella 1/44; {19m} transferred 96BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; {63m} Returned to the USA 2137 BU Hendricks 22/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 9/1/46. JUANITA.