B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24547 / Vertigo

B-17 #41-24547 / Vertigozoom_in



  • RCL: OR-P

MACR: 3573


History of
B-17 41-24547 / Vertigo

Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-P] Bangor 10/9/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; Missing in Action 9+m St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Bob Rand, Navigator: Don Sternglanz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry King, Waist gunner: Thad Kusowski,Tail gunner: Dick Shurnard (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Major Mo Rosener (94BG CO-wia), Bombardier: Walt Wawrzynek, Radio Operator: Dave Hatch, Ball turret gunner: Jim Farrar, Waist gunner: Alvar Platt (5 Prisoner of War); several enemy aircraft attacked, KO’d #2 and set cockpit ablaze, ditched Channel about four miles of Brest and quickly sank. Missing Air Crew Report 3573. VERTIGO.

Last updated: 1. May 2022


B-17 41-24547 / Vertigo Details

There are different statements [1, 2, 3] about the crash site of #41-24547 / Vertigo. Many sources name the crash site in the English Channel/Atlantic between 3 km and 7 km west of Porspoder, France. Waters called ‘Banc du Four’.

Another source (link), after its own research, has suggested that #41-24547 / Vertigo is about 20 km east of Bréhat Island and 25 km north of Saint Brieuc, France. The coordinates are: 48°47’30 “N 2°45’0 “W. The surviving crew members were then taken by fishing boat to Saint Malo, France.

The crew on the picture

Back row (left to right): T/Sgt. Clarence V. King (KIA); 1Lt. Robert Shaw; 1Lt. Robert D. Rand (MIA/KIA); 2Lt. Donald M. Sternglanz (KIA); T/Sgt. David B. Hatch (POW)
Front row (left to right): S/Sgt. Thaddeus F. Kusowski (KIA); S/Sgt. Richard E. Shumard (KIA); S/Sgt. James B. Farrar (POW); S/Sgt. Walter C. Wawrzynek (POW); S/Sgt. Alvar B. Platt (POW)

B-17 41-24547 / Vertigo Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Robert D. Rand KIA
CP MAJ Maurice Rosener POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Clarence V. King KIA
RO T/SGT David B. Hatch POW
BT S/SGT James B. Farrar POW
WG S/SGT Alver B. Platt POW
WG S/SGT Thaddeus F. Kusowski KIA
TG S/SGT Richard E. Shumard KIA
TOG S/SGT Walter C. Wawrzynek POW

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