“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 #41-2443


Delivered McChord 4/12/41; Assigned 7BG Java, 42BS/11BG Hickam 15/12/41; with Chas Allen (Ward Cox), crashed Keaheakahoe, Hawaii, 5/4/42.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24345


Assigned 326BG/92BG Bovingdon /42; 342BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; Maison Blanche, Alg 20/11//42; 20BG/2BG Massicault, Tun 14/11/43; Missing in Action Athens {5m} 20/12/43 with Bill Slaughter, Co-pilot: Bob Ogletree, Bombardier: Clarry Lanham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Buell, Ball turret gunner: Durwood Clem, Radio Operator: Belton Stamphill, Ball turret gunner: Hubert Isabelle, Waist gunner: Stan Cwiek,Tail gunner: Harlow Nowell (9 evaded capture – looked after by Greeks); Navigator: Bill Nehila (Prisoner of War); #2 & 3 engines out and #4 on fire, 9 bailed. Missing Air Crew Report 1514.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3046 / Ol’ Jackson – That Frisco Kid

42-3046 / Ol’ Jackson – That Frisco Kid

Delivered Cheyenne 1/2/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-V] Gulfport 7/4/43; Alconbury 15/4/43; 3m transferred 334BS [BG-V], then 412BS [QW-V]; 510BS/351BG [TU-X] Polebrook 17/6/43; 6m Kassel 30/7/43 with Harry Maser, crew ? (10 Returned to Duty); engine out, low on gas, u/c failed to lower, crash landed Woodbridge ELG, Suffolk, UK. Salvaged. OL’ JACKSON – THAT FRISCO KID.

B-17 #42-39885 / Sweet Rose O’Grady

42-39885 / Sweet Rose O’Grady

Delivered Long Beach 30/9/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Z] Molesworth 30/12/43; transferred 750BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 22/5/45; then 351BG Polebrook 29/5/45; 134m, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/12/45. SWEET ROSE O’GRADY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31265


Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Wilmington 3/12/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-X] Thorpe Abbotts 14/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Dale Croft (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don Carr, Navigator: Des Laird, Bombardier: Farmer Rains, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marion McMullen, Radio Operator: Winston Adkins, Ball turret gunner: Jack Bailey, Waist gunner: Jim Hellman, Waist gunner: John McKeever,Tail gunner: Marvin Rusten (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eldagsen, S of Volksen, three miles E of Springe, 12 miles SW of Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2382.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5798


Delivered Long Beach 3/2/43; Rapid City 17/2/43; Brookley 12/3/43; Morrison 19/4/43; with Bill Sauer, force landed on salt flats 32 miles SE of base, TX 30/5/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-L] Alconbury 4/2/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/7/43 with ?. Missing Air Crew Report 657.