B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102948 / The Denver Bandit

B-17 #42-102948 / The Denver Banditzoom_in



  • RCL: D

MACR: 9775


History of
B-17 42-102948 / The Denver Bandit

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [D] Glatton 23/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Keylon Clarke, Navigator: Walt Sundling, Bombardier: Bob Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Griffith, Radio Operator: Bill Sethloff, Waist gunner: Dave Dooley,Tail gunner: Dick Anderson (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bob Hovland, Ball turret gunner: Reed Simpson (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Buckau, E of Burg, near Magdeburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9775. THE DENVER BANDIT.

Last updated: 2. November 2019


B-17 42-102948 / The Denver Bandit Details

Plane s/n 42-102948, named “The Denver Bandit,” and piloted by Lt Keylon W. Clarke, survived a devestating fighter attack on the bomb run only to be hit by flak over the target. The flak hit knocked out engines #2 and #3 and the plane left the formation. It dove down and leveled off at 5000 feet where it exploded.


B-17 42-102948 / The Denver Bandit Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P --- Keylon W. Clarke POW
CP --- Robert N. Hovland KIA
BOMB --- Robert P. Smith POW
ENG/TT --- Albert D. Griffith POW
RO --- William C. Dethloff POW
BT --- Reed F. Simpson KIA
WG --- David R. Dooley POW
TG --- Richard H. Anderson POW

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