History of the
B-17 #42-102975 / Verna E.

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Kearney 3/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-F] Thurleigh 6/6/44; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with Jack Henley, Co-pilot: Roy Stewart, Navigator: Warren Becker, Bombardier: Herb Whitaker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Coppa, Radio Operator: Dan McCarthy, Ball turret gunner: Ray Hanson, Waist gunner: Albt Harcarik,Tail gunner: Fred Piepenbrink (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d two engines, crashed Nachtsheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 12324. VERNA E.

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  1. von don Morrison am 06. December 2018 16:54 Uhr


    I have several photos of this aircraft from early feb 1945 when it landed at Hardwick. If you are interested, please send me an email.




    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 06. December 2018 17:02 Uhr

      Hi Don, I have send you an email.


    • von Aaron am 13. February 2019 21:07 Uhr


      Would love to see the pictures. Raymond Hanson is my grandfather.


    • von Dominique Dirou am 06. June 2019 18:03 Uhr

      Raymond Hanson’s Air Medal is in my possession.


    • von Don Lynch am 12. November 2019 19:57 Uhr

      Roy Stewart was my Brother-in-Law. He passed several years ago while living in Bonner, Montana. His wife, Jean Stewart, my older sister passed in the early 2000’s also while living in Bonner. Son, David still lives there. His three daughters are living in different locations but I don’t know where. I last spoke to his daughter, Deborah Jean, just before her mother passed. Roy was my young idol and the main reason I joined the USAF.


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