B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24406 / All American

B-17 #41-24406 / All Americanzoom_in

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History of
B-17 41-24406 / All American

Assigned 92BG Bangor 13/7/42; transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; Maison Blanche, Alg. 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg. 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg. 25/12/42; on Tunis mission was rammed by FW190 1/2/43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tailplane off; made it back to Biskra and repaired; transferred 353BS/301BG {3m} St Donat 6/3/43; Oudna, Tun 6/8/43; Cerignola, It. 7/12/43; Lucera, It. 1/2/44; Salvaged 6/3/45. ALL AMERICAN.

Last updated: 3. June 2020


B-17 41-24406 / All American Details

The photo above with ‘All American’ in flight was taken by B-17 Navigator Lt. Charles Clifton ‘Cliff’ Cutforth 29 July 1913 to 17 Aug 1982 (69) ASN 19002894 Photo: National Museum of the Air Force, 050524-F-01234P-015

Information about the incident

Previously, the Wikipedia article (from 2017) was published here. I have removed it because of the comment of Anne Constantin Birge.

B-17 #41-24406 'All American'
Close-up of the damaged tail of the Boeing B-17F-5-BO (S/N 41-24406) “All American III.” The left horizontal stabilizer was torn completely off, and the aircraft was nearly cut in half by the collision. By (U.S. Air Force photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
B-17 #41-24406 / All American
B-17 #41-24406 / All American
B-17 #41-24406 / All American


B-17 41-24406 / All American Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P --- Kendrick Robertson 'Sonny' Bragg, Jr. RTD
CP --- Godfrey Engel, Jr. RTD
BOMB --- Ralph Burbridge RTD
ENG/TT --- Joseph Costner 'Joe' James, Jr. RTD
RO --- Paul Abrams Galloway RTD
BT --- Elton Artilio Conda RTD
WG --- Michael A. Zuk, Sr. RTD
TG --- Sam Anton 'Tony' Sarpolus RTD
--- --- Herman Rene 'Hank' Heyland, Jr UNK Ground crew chief

Anne Constantin Birge
25. May 2020 access_time 19:53

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