B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102416 / Lady Luck

B-17 #42-102416 / Lady Luckzoom_in

Selfridge Military Air Museum Collection


  • RCL: XR-H

MACR: 7837 / KSU/ME/KU: 903 A


History of
B-17 42-102416 / Lady Luck

Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 14/3/44; Grenier 11/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-H] Thorpe Abbotts 19/4/44; Missing in Action St Lo, 25/7/44 with Larry Townsend, Co-pilot: Andy Burkhart, Navigator: Arnold Holmes, Bombardier: George Gardner, Radio Operator: Lou Glasser, Ball turret gunner: Chalmers Anderson, Waist gunner: Gordon Lane,Tail gunner: Earl Milam (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Kolar (EVD, joined US tank crew); flak KO’d #2, crashed coastal area of France. Missing Air Crew Report 7837. LADY LUCK.

Last updated: 24. September 2020


B-17 42-102416 / Lady Luck Details

Eyewitness Statement to the loss of B-17 #42-102416 ‘Lady Luck’

A/C #416 was believed to have been hit by flak from St. Lo shortly after bombs away and before reaching the R.P. Fire broke out inside the A/C and #2 engine began to smoke. Men began to bail out of the ship which appeared to be flying on AFCE. Nine chutes were counted which accounts for the entire crew.

Source: MACR 7873


B-17 42-102416 / Lady Luck Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Lawrence E. Townsend POW
CP 2LT Andrew J. Burkhart, Jr. POW
BOMB 2LT George D. Gardner POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Walter W. Kolar EVD
RO T/SGT Louis P. Glasser POW
BT S/SGT Chalmers M. Anderson POW
WG S/SGT Gordon M. Lane POW
TG S/SGT Earl G. Milam POW

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