B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24559 / Ooold Soljer

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24559 / Ooold Soljer


  • RCL: PU-C

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B-17 41-24559 / Ooold Soljer

Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 42-29573 “Two Beauts” 303BG/358BS over Wellingborough, UK in 10/10ths cloud cover while on a mission to bomb the port area of Rotterdam, Holland. The right wing from the #4 engine outward was sheared off and the aircraft crashed at Mears Ashby, Northamptonshire killing 8 of the crew. 2 baled out successfully. 8KOM (Killed on Mission) 2RTD No MACR issued.

Last updated: 28. August 2017


B-17 41-24559 / Ooold Soljer Details

Mid-air-collision with B-17 42-29573 ‘Two Beauts’ on March 31st 1943.


B-17 41-24559 / Ooold Soljer Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Keith O. Bartlett KIA
CP 1LT Kent M. Fitzsimmons KIA
BOMB S/SGT Claude A. Hamilton KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Gene K. Smith KIA
RO T/SGT Clayton S. Balcombe WIA
BT S/SGT Robert H. Sangster KIA
WG S/SGT Edward A. Bradford KIA
WG S/SGT Tom McGiffin RTD
TG SGT Woodrow W. Smith KIA

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