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 #42-3322 / Full House

42-3322 / Full House

Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Bangor 1/6/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; landing accident with Russell Girse 17/9/43; Missing in Action Sorau 11/4/44 with Ralph Winslow, Co-pilot: Vince Gill, Navigator: John Hill, Ed Segall, Ball turret gunner: Harry Sandford, Waist gunner: George Roche (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Ralph Munoz, Radio Operator: Carl Caputo, Waist gunner: John Massie,Tail gunner: Joel Burklund (4KIA- all trapped in ship which sunk immediately); enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, ten miles of coast at Dankerdorf, ten miles SW of Riggenwalde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3808. FULL HOUSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3034


Delivered Denver 26/1/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Homestead 5/3/43; Thurleigh 12/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Theo Jankowski, Co-pilot: Bill Scheil{broke leg}, Navigator: Reg Wigham, togg-Tom McDonnell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Stelzer, Radio Operator: Ben Benigno, Waist gunner: Bill Gelnett (7 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Chas Bell, Waist gunner: John Chinlund, Tail gunner: Chas Wylie (3 Killed in Action); flak damage caused ship to explode, crashed Aurich-Oldendorf, near Strackholt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15456

B-17 #42-5251 / Pride of Karians aka Bodacious Critter

42-5251 / Pride of Karians aka Bodacious Critter

Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/42; West Palm Beach 12/12/42; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Thurleigh 1/1/43; damaged 1/3/43 coll with 41-24476; transferred AFSC 3/3/43, ret 9/4/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Walter N. Smiley, Co-pilot: Avory L. Ewan, Navigator: Wilbur W. Breunig, Bombardier: Martin M. Strauss, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Raymond C. Clifton, Radio Operator: Donald B. Hepler, Ball turret gunner: Roderick C. Clark, Waist gunner: William R. Payne, Waist gunner: Lawrence J. Sliff, Tail gunner: Roy K. Staiff; enemy aircraft, crashed Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 15518. PRIDE OF KARIANS aka BODACIOUS CRITTER.

B-17 #44-8640 / Section 8

44-8640 / Section 8

Delivered Hunter 14/11/44; Dow Field 3/12/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 5/12/44; after 58 missions was Missing in Action Operation Chowhound (6th such mission) 7/5/45 with Lionel Sceurman, Navigator: Russell Cook {picked up by RAF Walrus, but died soon after}, Radio Operator: Gana McPherson, Ball turret gunner: John Keller, Waist gunner: Norbert {Kuper} Cooper,Tail gunner: Bill Langford, obs-Ed Bubolz, obs-Bob Korber, Gerald Lane, obs-Joe Repiscak, obs-George Walteri {last five passengers were photographic personnel} (11 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Jim Schwartz, nav/trainer-Dave Condon were picked up by 5th ERS from Halesworth on OA-10A Catalina) (2 Returned to Duty) flak, ditched Channel. SECTION 8. (Last 8AF aircraft lost in WW II).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39865


Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; ass 710BS/447BG [IJ-C] Rattlesden 27/11/43; MIA Laon, Fr 9/5/44 Pilot: Bill Owens, Co-Pilot: Bill Heim, Navigator: Julian Matin, Bombardier: John McKinney, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Jack Seeger, Ball Turret Gunner: Herb Holland, Waist Gunner: Edwin Sieniarecki, Tail Gunner: Leroy Potter (8KIA); Radio Operator: John Browko, Waist Gunner: Conrad St Laurent (2POW); flak knocked off nose, then ball turret fell off followed by aircraft disintegrating in mid-air to crashed two miles N of Laon, Fr; MACR 4588.

B-17 #42-102523 / Mission Belle

42-102523 / Mission Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 27/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-H] Rougham 8/4/44; 331BS [QE-H]; transferred 34BG Mendlesham 5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/11/45. MISSION BELLE

B-17 #42-29531


Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 8/4/43; Lost St Nazaire 29/5/43. Pilot, Marshall Peterson, POW. Co-pilot, Harold E. Bentz. Navigator, Larry Mandleberg, POW. Bombardier, Frank R. Perrica, Evaded. Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Hilton Hilliard, POW. Radio Operator, Joseph James Freeborn, POW. Ball turret gunner, Pete Milasius, Evaded. Waist gunner, George P Smith, POW.Tail gunner, Sal Tafolya, Evaded. Waist gunner, Percy C Matthews, Missing in Action. Flak hit, aircraft broke in two, crashed Saint-Bihy, 12 miles SW of St Brieuc, Fr. No MACR.

B-17 #42-31064 / Hey Lou

42-31064 / Hey Lou

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; Missing in Action Kiel 31/12/43 with Don Lawry, Co-pilot: Jim Dockendorf{only body recovered}, Navigator: Harry Self, Bombardier: Bernie Weiner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Waterman, Radio Operator: Lee Peters, Ball turret gunner: Chas Roome, Waist gunner: Bob Knutson, Waist gunner: Clarry College,Tail gunner: Horace Wood (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed sea St Catherine’s Point, off Isle of Wight, UK. Missing Air Crew Report 1872. HEY LOU.