“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 43-38442


Delivered Cheyenne 3/8/44; Lincoln 16/8/44; Dow Fd 31/8/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 2/9/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/11/44 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/11/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6076 / Liberty Run

44-6076 / Liberty Run

Delivered Tulsa 23/4/44; Hunter 5/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Y] Molesworth 28/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 13/9/44 with Lew Walker, Co-pilot: Joe Doyle, Waist gunner: Henry Mathis (3 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carl Nielson, Bombardier: Don Beers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Sublett, Radio Operator: Albt Lunday, Ball turret gunner: Walt Hundley,Tail gunner: Art Reckert (6 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d two engines, crashed Gestocke, SW of Kassel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8822. LIBERTY RUN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24358 / Lulu Belle

41-24358 / Lulu Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Charlesville, Aus 31/7/42; Torrens Creek, Aus 27/8/42; Iron Range, Aus 17/10/42; Milne Bay, NG 11/5/43; Dobodura, NG 13/12/43; Nadzab, NG 12/3/44; last mission 17/10/43 then transferred 54TCW at Garbutt, Qld, then as staff transport/hack for 5AF HQ at Nadzab, NG when war weary. Written off Manila, Salvaged 13/9/45. LULU BELLE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85534


Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/45; Hunter 20/3/45; Grenier 30/3/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 10/4/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; Sth Plains 25/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 26/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31848


Delivered Cheyenne 21/12/43; Oklahoma City 12/1/44; Birmingham 14/1/44; Savannah 16/1/44; Morrison 26/1/44; Assigned 347BS/99BG Tortorella 1/2/44; {14m} transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; Missing in Action Parma 6/7/44 with Bill Runyan, Co-pilot: Ray Haug, Bombardier: Curtis Pfaff, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Miller, Ball turret gunner: Louis Rodriguez, Ball turret gunner: Harry Goulet, Waist gunner: Chas Brouwer-Anchor,Tail gunner: Harry Smith (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill McIlhargie, Radio Operator: Paul Olexo[wia] (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, ship exploded, three chutes seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; Missing Air Crew Report 6376.

B-17 #42-102595 / Little Tush

42-102595 / Little Tush

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Grenier 1/5/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-L] Molesworth 6/6/44; on return from Metz 14/8/44 with Austin Caplinger, Co-pilot: Don Spruner, Navigator: Edwin Katz, Bombardier: Stan Bober, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Toth, Radio Operator: Phil Mittell, Ball turret gunner: Carroll Jacobs, Waist gunner: Andy Olds,Tail gunner: Theo Holden (9 Returned to Duty); brakes failed while taxying to dispersal, and hit a hangar knocking outer right wing panel off; Salvaged 15/8/44. LITTLE FLUSH.