B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102441 / TNT Katie

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102441 / TNT Katie


MACR: 9764 / KSU/ME/KU: 3133


History of
B-17 42-102441 / TNT Katie

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Gr Island 13/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with Bob Harwood, Jim Kelley, Karl Wendell, Russell Tolle, Sam Manipella, Dick Roberts, Ron Fleming (7 Prisoner of War); Art Skarsten, George Bulgarelli (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Immelborn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9764. TNT KATIE.

Last updated: 14. March 2021


B-17 42-102441 / TNT Katie Details

Eyewitness Statement to the loss of B-17 #42-102441

Aircraft 441 suffered flak damage over primary target (Merseburg) and followed formation continually falling behind. The aircraft was holding altitude when last seen and was in no apparent difficulty.

Source: MACR 9764


B-17 42-102441 / TNT Katie Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Robert I. Harwood POW
CP 2LT James E. Kelley POW
BOMB F/O Arthur N. Skarsten KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Russel W. Tolle EVD/POW
RO CPL Samuel P. Manipella POW
BT CPL George A. Bulgarelli KIA
WG SGT Richard L. Roberts POW
TG CPL Ronald D. Fleming POW

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