B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102944 / The Old Lady

B-17 #42-102944 / The Old Ladyzoom_in

Photo courtesy of Chester John Maynard Jr


MACR: 8934


History of
B-17 42-102944 / The Old Lady

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Hunter 2/5/44; Grenier 16/5/44; Assigned 414BS/97BG Amendola 24/5/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 27/8/44 with Charles T. Wilson, Jr.; Missing Air Crew Report 8934. THE OLD LADY.

Last updated: 25. April 2024


B-17 42-102944 / The Old Lady Details

I the undersigned was flying in AC #424, 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group on mission 27 August 1944. After comleting the target run, I saw AC #944 falling back from the formation and losing altitude. Watching the aircraft lose altitude, I seen 9 chutes come out of the plane one of which did not open up. After the chutes came out of the plane, it went into a glide and crashed into a wooded area, blowing up.

Sgt. James L. Beacey

Source: MACR 8934


B-17 42-102944 / The Old Lady Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles T. Wilson, Jr. POW
CP 2LT Albert M. Karman POW
BOMB 1LT William B. Bower POW
ENG/TT S/SGT William L. Schulz POW
RO S/SGT John A. Fogelgren POW
BT SGT Silas M. Crase EVD
WG S/SGT Walter W. Furca POW
WG SGT John W. Parsons POW
TG S/SGT Charles T. Muller POW EVDED
PHOTO S/SGT Wesley E. Raubolt EVD/POW

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