B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24506 / The Shiftless Skonk

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24506 / The Shiftless Skonk


  • RCL: DF-G

History of
B-17 41-24506 / The Shiftless Skonk

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Despatched on 23-Nov-1942 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The Group was unable to bomb because of 10/10 cloud cover and headed back to Bassingbourn. The aircraft was attached three different times by enemy aircraft, but managed to return to England. However the field at Bassingbourn was fogged in, so the pilot attempted an emergency landing at Watford but struck a pylon and crashed field near Black Boy pub, Leavesden, UK, killing two of the crew outright. Three others died of their injuries later.

Last updated: 4. November 2017


B-17 41-24506 / The Shiftless Skonk Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Nathan M. Corman RTD
CP 2LT Allen P. Lowry RTD
BOMB 2LT Gene F. Davis KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Lloyd G. Martin RTD
RO S/SGT Leroy H. Bonshine RTD
BT SGT Shelby L. Welton KIA
WG S/SGT Walter J. Wright KIA
WG SGT Herbert Hoffman KIA
TG S/SGT Earl E. Teats RTD

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