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 #42-39802

B-17 #42-39802

Delivered: Long Beach 5/9/43; Gr Island 324BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; MIA Wilhelmshafen 3/11/43 Pilot: Ken Rutledge, Co-Pilot: Albt Mahe, Bombardier: Tom Merit, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ray Rodenbaugh, Radio Operator: Milton Wauneka, Tail Gunner: Bob Balsey (7KIA), Navigator: Jim Peacock, Waist Gunner: Jim McIlwain, Waist Gunner: Ernie Colvin (3POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea, a mile off Neuharlingerseil, near Spiekeroog Island and mainland Germany. any MACR 1153.

B-17 #42-97061 / General Ike

B-17 #42-97061 / General Ike

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Grenier 23/2/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 13/3/44; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 16/3/44; to 401BS [LL-B]; received battle damage on several occasions but always returned to base; Returned to the USA Bradley Fd 13/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45. GENERAL IKE.

B-17 #42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice

B-17 #42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Gt Ashfield 15/3/44; transferred 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 16/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Howard Morehouse, Co-pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick, Navigator: Ed Plank, Bombardier: Herb Becker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Smith, Radio Operator: George KellyWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Delbert FentonWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Bill King, Waist gunner: Jim ClarkWounded in Action,Tail gunner: Dan Wilkerson (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set left wing on fire, crashed E of Runingen, two miles S of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4589. KICKAPOO JOY JUICE.

B-17 #42-3043 / Hitler’s Gremlin

B-17 #42-3043 / Hitler’s Gremlin

Delivered Denver 29/1/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bassingbourn 22/4/43; Missing in Action 16m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Gene Lockhart, Co-pilot: Clive Woodbury, Navigator: Granville Williams, Bombardier: Bob Sherwin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ted Cetnarowski, Radio Operator: Bill Darden, Ball turret gunner: George Serafin, Waist gunner: Chester Raphoom, Waist gunner: John Husick,Tail gunner: Art Burns (10 Returned to Duty); severely damaged by enemy aircraft, continued to target but never reached home base, ditched North Sea, all rescued by RAF Walrus from Hawkinge and taxied back to Ramsgate. HITLER’S GREMLIN.

B-17 #41-24547 / Vertigo

B-17 #41-24547 / Vertigo

Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-P] Bangor 10/9/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; Missing in Action 9+m St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Bob Rand, Navigator: Don Sternglanz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry King, Waist gunner: Thad Kusowski,Tail gunner: Dick Shurnard (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Major Mo Rosener (94BG CO-wia), Bombardier: Walt Wawrzynek, Radio Operator: Dave Hatch, Ball turret gunner: Jim Farrar, Waist gunner: Alvar Platt (5 Prisoner of War); several enemy aircraft attacked, KO’d #2 and set cockpit ablaze, ditched Channel about four miles of Brest and quickly sank. Missing Air Crew Report 3573. VERTIGO.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31794 / Betsy

B-17 #42-31794 / Betsy

Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/43; Kearney 18/1/44; Assigned 365BS/305BG Chelveston 22/2/44; transferred 401BG Deenethorpe 20/5/45; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; Tulsa 10/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29/11/45. BETSY.

B-17 #42-31111 / Four Aces, Pat Hand

B-17 #42-31111 / Four Aces, Pat Hand

Delivered Dallas 20/9/43; Scott 4/10/43; Wilmington 7/10/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 19/10/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Don Noxon, Co-pilot: George Giovannini, Navigator: Edison Eichhorn, Bombardier: Walt Utley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Ludwigsen, Radio Operator: Toby Phillips, Ball turret gunner: John Thompson, Waist gunner: Harry Thompson, Waist gunner: Paul Mogush,Tail gunner: John Channell (10 Killed in Action); flak damage, believed to have come down in seas on return. Missing Air Crew Report 1659. FOUR ACES – PAT HAND.

B-17 #42-5787 / Billie K.

B-17 #42-5787 / Billie K.

Delivered Long Beach 19/1/43; Salina 2/2/43; Homestead 21/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; Missing in Action {5+m} Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Jerold Kethley, Co-pilot: Ennis Cox, Navigator: Bob Sternberg, Bombardier: Jim Cullen, ttg-Bob Danielson, Radio Operator: Conrad Dussault, Ball turret gunner: Harry Stokes, Waist gunner: Alf Bragg, Waist gunner: John Burke,Tail gunner: Wilf Bacon (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft strafed cockpit and KO’d #1, crashed Forsbach, near Cologne, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 262. BILLIE K.

B-17 #41-24515 / Marie Jane

B-17 #41-24515 / Marie Jane

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Sep-42; Missing in Action (KIA) 24+m Wilhelmshaven, Germany 21-May-43. Aircraft sustained damage from flak & enemy aircraft, crashed into the North Sea, 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report 3458 (4439?). (Actually completed 25 missions two weeks before Memphis Belle but Hollywood overuled this ship !) MARIE JANE aka JERSEY BOUNCE.

B-17 #41-9025 / Little John aka Lady Be Good

B-17 #41-9025 / Little John aka Lady Be Good

Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; 327BS/92BG Alconbury 29/6/42 LITTLE JOHN; 11CCRC Bovingdon /8/42; on courier trip to N/Africa 23/12/43; Written off & sal 2/6/45. LADY BE GOOD.