B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-9018

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MACR: 15218


History of
B-17 41-9018

Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR 15218. 5KIA 3POW 1EVD

Last updated: 4. February 2024


B-17 41-9018 Details

B-17 41-9018, took off from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, UK at 0900 on a bombing mission over Hellemmes’ railroad installations. They were hit by German AA fire, causing them to drop out of formation and be hounded by nine German Fw-190s. The latter shot off the tail section, sending the plane down. The pilot held on as long as he could to avoid hitting the residential areas, but finally had to bail out. His parachute malfunctioned and he plummeted to his death.


B-17 41-9018 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Francis H. Chorak KIA
CP 2LT Joseph J. Fracchia POW
BOMB 2LT Charles G. Kolodzinski POW
ENG/TT M/SGT James E. Lane KIA
RO S/SGT John J. Dolan KIA
BT S/SGT Paul R. Gordon POW
WG S/SGT Donald E. Buckland KIA
WG S/SGT Malcolm Culpepper KIA

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