B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102628 / G.I. Jane

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102628 /  G.I. Jane


  • RCL: LF-P

MACR: 5989


History of
B-17 42-102628 / G.I. Jane

Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-P] Kimbolton 13/5/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 18/6/44 with Steve King, Navigator: Don Casey, Bombardier: Chas Henry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Wheeler, Ball turret gunner: Jim Hagen (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Milton Miller, Radio Operator: Chas Rutishauser, Waist gunner: Zigfryd („Ziggy“) Valentino Czarnecki,Tail gunner: Gene Miller (4 Killed in Action); flak set #3 alight, crashed SW of Pinneberg, near Hamburg; Missing Air Crew Report 5989. G.I. JANE.

Last updated: 21. February 2020


B-17 42-102628 / G.I. Jane Details

Witness statement from MACR 5989

I last saw A/C B-17G 42-102628 leavig the formation while over the target at Hamburg, Germany. The A/C disappeared going down through the clouds and under control.

Number 3 engine was on fire, and the fire had spread back into the wing itself.

D. H. Buskey
Captain, Air Corps



B-17 42-102628 / G.I. Jane Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Stephen J. King POW
CP 1LT Milton S. Miller KIA
BOMB 2LT Charles W. Henry POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Raymond F. Weehler POW
RO T/SGT Charles E. Rutishauser KIA
BT S/SGT James H. Hagen POW
WG S/SGT Zigfryd Valentino Czarnecki KIA „Ziggy“ - Shot after captured
TG S/SGT Eugene V. Miller KIA

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