“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 42-97698


Delivered Denver 31/1/44; Langley 13/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-L] Snetterton 8/4/44; damaged by enemy aircraft at Poltava 21/6/44; repaired and cleared from Maison Blanche, Algiers to return to UK. 12/7/44, with Lee Seaman, Co-pilot: C Whitenack, Navigator: Capt C Dunn, Navigator: D McAuley, Bombardier: J. McKenzie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: P Kunsman, Radio Operator: E Tragesen, Ball turret gunner: D Watson, Waist gunner: B Tucyski, Waist gunner: V Ward,Tail gunner: H. Judge (11 Returned to Duty); landed base OK but turning to taxi back u/c collapsed. Salvaged.

B-17 #42-37965 / My Desire

42-37965 / My Desire

Delivered Denver 28/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; ass 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 20/12/43; Bombardier: Henry Bogucki (KIA) 22/2/44; {13m} MIA Wilhelmshaven 3/3/44 Pilot: Walt Pickard, Co-Pilot: Bascom Smith, Radio Operator: Edmond Crafton, Waist Gunner: Jim Dumouchel, Waist Gunner: Perry Wofford (5RTD); Navigator: Milton Pike, b-Bob Warren, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ed White, Ball Turret Gunner: Darrel Moran, Tail Gunner: Lewis Alger (5KIA); flak KO’d #2, so dropped back and headed home but hit again by flak, crashed North Sea, where RAF ASR Walrus arrived but found no bodies, the other five were in ship’s dinghy; MACR 3222. MY DESIRE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30202


Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Dow Fd 18/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Earl Pickard, Bob Hoke, Wallace Soderberg, Orville Lewis, Walt Togel, Sam Tucker, Ralph May, Don Boyd, Harlan Oakberg (9 Prisoner of War); Billy Hooker (evaded capture); flak, crashed Liege, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 3125.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30241 / Worry Wart

42-30241 / Worry Wart

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Rapid City 15/7/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 26/10/43 WORRY WART; transferred RAF [SR378]; 214 Sq BU-D Feltwell, Nfk; 21/1/44; Written off 11/3/47.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30240 / Black Kitten

42-30240 / Black Kitten

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned: 410BS/94BG [GL- ] Earls Colne 7/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43; MIA Huls 22/6/43 Pilot: Jack McFarland, Co-Pilot: Ralph Head, Navigator: Fred England, Bombardier: George Howell, Radio Operator: Finn Burnett, Waist Gunner: Carl Cook, Tail Gunner: Luther Wilson (7POW); Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Willard Eisenhart, Ball Turret Gunner: Tadeusz Diakow-Stawasz, Waist Gunner: Norman Woody (3KIA); Enemy aircraft, crashed Pfalzdorf, Germany. No MACR. BLACK KITTEN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38075


Delivered Cheyenne 3/12/43; Kearney 14/12/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Q] Rougham 7/1/44; on Wilhelmshaven mission 3/2/43 with Don Ahlwardt, a B-17 from another group collided with tailplane killing tg Sgt Lublinski; Missing in Action Berlin 3/3/44 with Don Ahlwardt, Co-pilot: Ray Weck, Navigator: Frank Foster, Bombardier: Allen Carter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Lampman, Radio Operator: Bill Westphal, Ball turret gunner: Tom Robeybody washed up Busum around 5/5/44, Waist gunner: Ellick Franke, Waist gunner: Walt Millican,Tail gunner: Bob McConnell (10 Killed in Action); mid-air collision head on with 42-31112, 447BG; crashed Itzeho, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2794.