B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-9161

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9161


MACR: 16138


History of
B-17 41-9161

Delivered Pendleton 34BG 11/5/42; Muroc 16/5/42; Alamogordo 19/6/42; Biggs 9/8/42; Alamogordo 2/10/42; with John Pratt crashed and burned out six miles on mountain SE Magdalena, NM 15/10/42; Salvaged 18/12/43. Missing Air Crew Report 16138.

Last updated: 21. May 2021


B-17 41-9161 Details

Airplane circled the Gown of Magdalena, New Mexico, at approximately 700 feet altitude, took up a heading of Southeast and started climbing. Airplane struck the Northwest slope of North Baldy Peak approximately 5 1/2 miles from Magdalena at the 9500 ft. level. Airplane was on course and performing the mission as assigned. Major cause: Pilot’s Error. Minor cause: Error in Judgment; miss judged altitude or location of peak.

Source: MACR 16138


B-17 41-9161 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT John R. Pratt KIS
CP 2LT Donald F. Jackson KIS
BOMB 2LT Joseph L. Grant KIS
ENG/TT SGT Hanson E. Ortmyer KIS
RO S/SGT Thomas C. Ferron KIS
WG SGT Dale A. Rottier KIS
--- SGT Robert C. Myers KIS
--- SGT William G. Walls KIS

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