B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102581 / Lonesome Polecat

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102581 / Lonesome Polecat


  • RCL: IN-L

MACR: 5306

Missions: 3


History of
B-17 42-102581 / Lonesome Polecat

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-L] Deenethorpe 29/4/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Paul Scharff, Co-pilot: Chas Eckert, Bombardier: Bob Hoover, Waist gunner: Roscoe Tomlinson (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bernie Schwartz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Karl, Radio Operator: Bob Strong, Ball turret gunner: Chas Bedell, Waist gunner: Fred Pynigar,Tail gunner: Jim Smallin (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Glienecke, 23 miles E of Burg, due N of Magdeburg; Missing Air Crew Report 5306. LONESOME POLECAT.

Published: 1. September 2018 / Last updated: 10. April 2018


B-17 42-102581 / Lonesome Polecat Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Paul F. Scharff KIA
CP 2LT Charles A. Eckert KIA
BOMB 2LT Robert E. Hoover KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Richard X. Karl POW
RO SGT Robert C. Strong POW
BT S/SGT Charles H. Bedell POW
WG S/SGT Roscoe P. Tomlinson KIA
WG SGT Frederick C. Pynigar POW
TG S/SGT James K. Smallin POW

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