B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24342 / Stinky Jr.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24342 / Stinky Jr.


MACR: 642

Missions: 97


History of
B-17 41-24342 / Stinky Jr.

Assigned 92BG Bovingdon 8/42; 414BS/97BG Polebrook 24/8/42; transferred Maison Blanche, Alg. 20/11/42; Missing in Action Foggia 7/9/43 with Bill Bispham, Pilot: Everett Blogg, Navigator: Glenn J. Rhodes Jr., Co-pilot: Dan Grover, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Dudgeon, Radio Operator: Casimir Chester, Ball turret gunner: Myron Johnson, Waist gunner: Edwin Grogan, Waist gunner: Albt Cahill,Tail gunner: Morton Schlesinger (8 Killed in Action); Missing Air Crew Report 642. STINKY JR.

Last updated: 26. July 2023


B-17 41-24342 / Stinky Jr. Details

The reason for my brevity on the formation you seek is this:

We were on our I.P. When we received a direct hit by flak on our right wing, tearing it completely off. I was thrown violently on my back in the waist and couldn’t move due to pull of gravity. That’s the last I remember until I regained consciousness three days later in the hospital at Forli, Italy. As to the fates of fellow crew members, the little (unreadable word) information I gleaned was from my co-pilot and German soldiers. I have not talked, seen, or wrote to any (unreadable word) members that saw us go down.
Our co-pilot tells me that soon after we were hit, our ship exploded into bits

We were shot down over Foggia, Italy.

S/Sgt. Myron W. Johnson


B-17 41-24342 / Stinky Jr. Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William A. Bispham KIA MACR 642
CP 2LT Glenn J. Rhodes POW MACR 642
BOMB 2LT Dan F. Grover POW MACR 642
ENG/TT T/SGT Roy L. Dudgeon KIA MACR 642
RO S/SGT Edwin F. Grogan KIA MACR 642
BT SGT Morton J. Schlesinger KIA MACR 642
WG S/SGT Myron W. Johnson POW MACR 642
WG S/SGT Casimer A. Chester KIA MACR 642
TG SGT Albert E. Cahill KIA MACR 642

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