“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 #42-31878 / Spamcan

42-31878 / Spamcan

Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Kearney 18/1/44. Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-Z] Ridgewell 20/2/44. Missing in Action 5+m Berlin 24/5/44 with Walt Higgins, Radio Operator: Ed Delgado, Ball turret gunner: Bob Thomson, Waist gunner: Don Thomas, Waist gunner: Franklin Collister,Tail gunner: Bob Smith (6 Killed in Action). Co-pilot: Herb Burns, Navigator: Jim Beck, Bombardier: Bob Hughes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Baird (4 Prisoner of War). FW 190 attacked and pieces immediately flew off bomber, followed by explosion north of Berlin, crashing near Niendorf and Polchow, five miles S of Rostock, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5177. SPAMCAN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97635


Delivered Denver 12/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; W/O 3/3/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38095 / McGuires Squires aka The A.M. Weathership

43-38095 / McGuires Squires aka The A.M. Weathership

Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 20/7/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-X] Thorpe Abbotts 22/7/44 McGUIRE’S SQUIRES (npo); crashed on take off for mission 20/11/44 with Stan Dobrogowski, crew unknown; crashed Scole, near Diss, Nfk; Salvaged 2/12/44. THE A.M. WEATHERSHIP.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8050 / Calamity Jane II

44-8050 / Calamity Jane II

Delivered Tulsa 20/5/44; Dallas 16/6/44; Langley 15/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-D] Podington 30/8/44; transferred 306BG Thurleigh 8/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46. CALAMITY JANE 2ND.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107056 / The Denver Doll

42-107056 / The Denver Doll

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Hunter 17/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-O] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/4/44 with Jim McGuire, Bombardier: Joe Eck, Radio Operator: Rod McCaughin, Ball turret gunner: John Ribuffo, Waist gunner: Alan Dill, Waist gunner: Don Kuntz,Tail gunner: John Sabotka (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Randall Bradley, Navigator: John Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank De George (3 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 and eventually wing snapped off, crashed Tamerville, near Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4238.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102977 / Traps

42-102977 / Traps

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 23/5/44; crashed on take off for French Noball site 17/7/44 with Capt Joe Trapnell, Co-pilot: Melvin Kodas, Navigator: Harry Heyeneman, Bombardier: Byron Greene, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Murray Holditch, Radio Operator: John Cooper, Ball turret gunner: Bill Geigle, Waist gunner: Adam Stoppel, Waist gunner: Bob Patrick,Tail gunner: Clare Hamden (10 Returned to Duty); #3 engine played up and could not be feathered crash landed in sugar beet field, Friston Hall, Kelsale, Sfk; Salvaged 19/7/44. TRAPS.