B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24371 / Devils From Hell

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24371 / Devils From Hell


  • RCL: FA686

MACR: 16508

Missions: 39


History of
B-17 41-24371 / Devils From Hell

Assigned RAF [FA686] but transferred 353BS/301BG Westover 23/6/42; Podington 7/42; Tafaraoui 26/11/42; Maison Blanche, Alg. 5/12/42; Biskra 16/12/42; Ain M’Lila 17/1/43; St Donat 6/3/43; Missing in Action {39m} Palermo, It. 18/4/43 with Bob Godwin, Co-pilot: Houck, Navigator: Person, Bombardier: Hope, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hawkins, Radio Operator: Imler, Ball turret gunner: Littreel, Waist gunner: Nelges,Tail gunner: Spatafore (9 Killed in Action); shot down by ME 110s, Missing Air Crew Report 16508. DEVILS FROM HELL.

Last updated: 6. March 2020


B-17 41-24371 / Devils From Hell Details

From MACR 16508

Aircraft B-17F No. 41-24371, piloted by Lt. Godwin on 18 April 1943: Raid was over Marshalling yards and Roundhouse at Palermo, Sicily. Aircraft was attacked by several enemy fighters over target area who knocked out #2 engine. This aircraft was last seen to drop out of formation near target area and immediately enemy aircraft concentrated their attack on this airplane which then went into a steep dive. One parachute was see to open.


B-17 41-24371 / Devils From Hell Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Bobby Mack Godwin KIA
CP 1LT John W. Houck, Jr. KIA
BOMB 1LT Virgil E. Hope KIA
ENG/TT SGT Robert B. Imler KIA
RO SGT Robert S. Littrell KIA
BT SGT Arthur L. Nilges KIA
WG SGT Frank Spatafore KIA
TG SGT William M. Hawkins KIA

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