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.


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

P1LTStephen J. KingPOW
CP1LTMilton S. MillerKIA
BOMB2LTCharles W. HenryPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTRaymond F. WeehlerPOW
ROT/SGTCharles E. RutishauserKIA
BTS/SGTJames H. HagenPOW
WGS/SGTZigfryd Valentino CzarneckiKIA„Ziggy“ - Shot after captured
TGS/SGTEugene V. MillerKIA

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