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 #42-31820

B-17 #42-31820

Delivered Denver 29/12/43; Kearney 13/1/44; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned: 364BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 15/2/44; MIA Augsburg 25/2/44 Pilot: Foster Perry, Co-Pilot: Bob Brundage, Navigator: Rich Plothow, Bombardier: Dudley Winkler, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Jesse Vowell (5POW); Ball Turret Gunner: Zeb Kisner, Waist Gunner: Donato Turchiano, Waist Gunner: Odie Gilvin, Tail Gunner: Gerhardt Hildebrandt (4KIA); Radio Operator: Jerome Bajenski (EVD); Enemy aircraft, crashed Ferme de Mont Garni, near Raucourt, six miles S of Sedan, Fr; MACR 2541.

B-17 #42-29996 / Flag Ship

B-17 #42-29996 / Flag Ship

Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was lost on the 16 November 1943 mission to the salt mines at Knaben, Norway with Pilot Joseph F. Thornton; Co-pilot: Whitney M. Bray; Bombardier: Arthur A. Carmell; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Laurence E. Dennis; Radio Operator: John Geegee; Ball turret gunner: Dean M. Sommers; Left Waist gunner: Charles H. Hartnett; Right Waist gunner: Otto F. Trammer; Tail gunner: Rolland A. Galloway (9 Prisoner of War). The Navigator: David C. Besbris bailed out early, landed in Norway and was helped to evade by Norwegian patriots; reached Sweden on 17 February 1944 and was back in the UK on 15 March 1944. Crashed near Mandal, West of Kristiansand, Norway. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 1384. FLAGSHIP / FLAG SHIP.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38059 / Chesty-V

B-17 #43-38059 / Chesty-V

Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/44; Lincoln 14/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 12/7/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Capt Oscar Nanson, Co-pilot: Roy Kiern, Radio Operator: George Simpson, Ball turret gunner: Larry Layton (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Don Topping, Bombardier: Lindsay Lipscomb, Waist gunner: Sid Brown,Tail gunner: Joe Burton (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Shull (evaded capture); flak, crashed Sommerda, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10841.

B-17 #43-37913 / Seattle Sleeper

B-17 #43-37913 / Seattle Sleeper

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-T] Bassingbourn 29/6/44; Missing in Action 25m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with John Stevens; enemy aircraft, exploded & crashed Haulerwijk, Hol; (?6 evaded capture 3POW?); Missing Air Crew Report 10837. SEATTLE SLEEPER.

B-17 #42-97069 / Mon Tete Rouge II

B-17 #42-97069 / Mon Tete Rouge II

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 23/2/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-N] Bassingbourn 11/3/44; transferred 731BS/452BG Deopham Green [7D-M] 12/3/44; Missing in Action Kassel 4/12/44 with Larry Downey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Stan Monikitas,Tail gunner: Don Woodwick (3KIA, all still in wreckage); Co-pilot: Chas Gillette, Navigator: Ed O’Neill, Bombardier: Jack Short, Radio Operator: Ray Crewson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Vidulich, Waist gunner: Cliff Haas (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Bitburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11050. MON TETE ROUGE II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9136

B-17 #41-9136

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/42; Wayne 13/6/42; RCAF Dorval 17/6/42; Gander-Prestwick 25/6/42 to RAF [FK204]; Royal Aircraft Est., Boscomb Down, Wilts. Back-up LRASV trials 1/7/42; 220 Sq (ZZ-N) Ballykelly 25/7/42.; with W/Co. Richard Gates abandoned out of fuel and crashed Doddington Quarry, Doddington, Wooler, Northumberland, UK 11/8/42; crew all OK. Struck Off Charge 10/10/42.

B-17 #42-29995

B-17 #42-29995

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/43; Hobbs 3/4/43; Roswell 23/5/43; Hobbs 30/5/43; 3017 BU Hobbs 8/11/44; 4100 BU Patterson 24/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45.

B-17 #44-6200

B-17 #44-6200

Delivered Tulsa 29/5/44; Hunter 23/6/44; Dow Fd 3/7/44; Assigned 20BS/2BG Amendola 12/7/44; 56m then Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; Sth Plains 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38270

B-17 #43-38270

Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned: 390BG Framlingham 4/8/44; Transferred: 549BS/385BG [SG- ] Gt Ashfield 5/8/44; MIA Osnabruck 21/11/44 Pilot: Jim Webb, Francis Riggs, Chas Melhado, Orsen Jensen, Tom Watkins, Tony Vespasiano, Wallace Land, Pryce Spencer (8KIA); Ken Kio (POW); mid air coll w/43-37566 (385BG); crashed Körbecke (District Warburg), Germany. MACR 10413.

B-17 #43-38566

B-17 #43-38566

Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Lincoln 6/9/44; Grenier 24/9/44; Assigned: 550BS/385BG [SG-T] Gt Ashfield 25/9/44; returning from Osnabruck 21/11/44 Pilot: Cliff Foss (Cobb), Otho Quick, Myron Loyet, Theo Otto, Bob Houston, John Bevilcqua, Gail Anderson (7RTD); Jim Shaver, Ed Myers (2POW); mid-air coll w/43-38270 (385BG), but returned and repaired; MACR 10468; Returned to US: Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 BU Sth Plains 28/6/45; Scrapped: Kingman 5/12/45.