B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102558 / Silver Streak

B-17 #42-102558 / Silver Streakzoom_in


  • RCL: WW-W

History of
B-17 42-102558 / Silver Streak

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 30/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-W] Thurleigh 13/5/44; crashed on take off for Cologne 15/8/44 with Berle F. Smith, Co-pilot: Warren M. Doman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Robert C. Spry, Ball turret gunner: Charles W. Thomas (5 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Albert J. Trelford, tog-Herbert E. Reichle, Radio Operator: Billy A. Helms, Waist gunner: Thomas H. Davis, Tail gunner: Frederick A. Hesser (5 Killed in Service); slow take off speed was not sufficient, wing clipped a hedge and ship mushed into ground, fire broke out followed later by bombs and fuel exploding; Salvaged. SILVER STREAK.

Last updated: 3. July 2021


B-17 42-102558 / Silver Streak Details

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log mixed up names and status. I have updated this according to 306th BG history and mission report for 15 August 1944.


B-17 42-102558 / Silver Streak Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Berle F. Smith RTD
CP 2LT Warren M. Doman RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT Robert C. Spry WIA
RO S/SGT Billy A. Helms KIS
BT S/SGT Charles W. Thomas RTD
WG S/SGT Thomas H. Davis KIS
TG S/SGT Frederick A. Hesser KIS
TOG T/SGT Herbert E. Reichle KIS

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