“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 #42-106992 / Baby Lu aka Grin ‘n Bare It

42-106992 / Baby Lu aka Grin ‘n Bare It

Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/12/45. “BABY LU” aka GRIN ‘N BEAR IT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37539


Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 20/5/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE- ] Rattlesden 26/5/44; taxi collision prior to mission when brakes failed and hit parked 42-3487, 23/6/44 with Gustavus Miller, Co-pilot: George Dvorak, Navigator: Dick O’Donnell, Bombardier: Lewis Mariner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Witek, Radio Operator: Roger Potwin, Ball turret gunner: Joel Wilson, Waist gunner: Cornelius Sullivan, John Scott,Tail gunner: Reo Scott (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 24/6/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102421


Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Gr Island 16/3/44; Presque Is 2/4/44; Assigned: 709BS/447BG [CQ-M] Rattlesden 6/4/44; MIA Berlin 29/4/44 Pilot: Chas Dowler, Co-Pilot: Vern Arnold, Navigator: Fred Kleps, Bombardier: George Kramer, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Sandy Conti, Radio Operator: Francis Brownson, Ball Turret Gunner: George King, Waist Gunner: Larry Steinhafel, Tail Gunner: John Marabito (9KIA); Waist Gunner: Ken Shimp (POW); Enemy aircraft hits caused aircraft to explode, crashed two miles NW of Weferlingen, ten miles N of Helmstedt, Germany. MACR 4254.

B-17 #42-97273 / Aces & Ates

42-97273 / Aces & Ates

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Dalhart 1/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned: 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 9/4/44; MIA Munich 12/7/44 Pilot: Jim Roseborough, Vince Matlack, Howard Ford, Vic Brecht (4KIA); Seymour Saslow, John Fletcher, Lee Bedsted, Melvin Germany. old, Lou Raines (5POW); flak, crashed Munich; MACR 7568. ACES & EIGHTS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102419


Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 16/3/44; Nashville 23/3/44; Dow Fd 12/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IJ-E] Rattlesden 20/4/44; crashed on take off for mission 28/6/44 with Tom Brown, Co-pilot: Bob Jacobs, Navigator: Herbert Wolf, Bombardier: T/Sgt Tom Middleton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Melvin Hann, Radio Operator: Peter Karp, Ball turret gunner: Francis Peisel, Waist gunner: John Chernega, Waist gunner: Joe Chebeta,Tail gunner: George Felsing (10 Returned to Duty); mechanical fault led to fire break out, and call to bale out; crash landed a few miles away at Woolpit, Suffolk, UK 28/6/44, Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102417


Cheyenne 1/3/44; Des Moines 21/3/44; 222 BU Ardmore 22/1/45; with Larry Hannah force landed base 23/2/45; 332 BU Ardmore 16/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/8/45.