B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102700 / I’ll Get By

B-17 #42-102700 / I’ll Get Byzoom_in



  • RCL: QW-Z

MACR: 7701


History of
B-17 42-102700 / I’ll Get By

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Dow Fd 3/5/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 4/5/44; 22m, Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Capt Bob Baber, Co-pilot: Jasper Kaylor, Navigator: Ray Dallas, Bombardier: Frank Sohm, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oscar Walrod, Radio Operator: Bill Hill, obs-Capt Elmer Bockman mission pilot (7 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Don Phillips, Waist gunner: Barney Lipkin,Tail gunner: Walt Collyer (3 Prisoner of War); flak set left wing on fire, crashed Cesny-aux-Vignes, SE of Caen, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 7701. I’LL GET BY.

Last updated: 18. September 2020


B-17 42-102700 / I’ll Get By Details

B-17G 42-102700 piloted by Capt. Robert O. Baber, was seen to be hit by flak going into the target at 1753 hours at 49°00’N 00°05’E. This aircraft had moved from the low group into the lead position because of equipment trouble found by wing leader. The left wing was hit, the wing tip broke off and the wing burst into flame. The aircraft slide down to the left with fire spreading. After loosing altitude and dropping back it exploded violently and other crews report bodies thrown out. Three chutes were seen to open. The aircraft then crashed into ground at 1754 hours at the above coordinates.

Source: MACR 7701


B-17 42-102700 / I’ll Get By Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT Robert O. Baber KIA
CP 1LT Jasper W. Kaylor, Jr. KIA
BOMB 1LT Frank T. Sohm KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Oscar C. Walrod KIA
RO T/SGT Robert V. Hill KIA
BT S/SGT Donald W. Phillips POW
WG S/SGT Barney Lipkin POW
TG S/SGT Walter J. Collyer, Jr. POW
OBS CPT Elmer E. Bockman KIA Command Pilot

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