B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-106994 / Little Guy

B-17 #42-106994 / Little Guyzoom_in



  • RCL: VE-K

MACR: 11205

Missions: 37+


History of
B-17 42-106994 / Little Guy

Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Grenier 22/2/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-K] Ridgewell 3/4/44; Missing in Action 37+m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with Kyle Smith, Radio Operator: Lester Colson, Ball turret gunner: Gustavo Contreras (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don McGurk, Navigator: Melvin LaLuzerne, tog-Byron Wear, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Porter, Waist gunner: Tom Arnold,Tail gunner: Francis DeLange (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Apeldoorn, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 11205. LITTLE GUY.

Last updated: 23. August 2020


B-17 42-106994 / Little Guy Details

B-17 42-106994 / Little Guy – Noseart

Statement from MACR 11205

This A/C was under attack by 1 E/A. This E/A was observed to be shot down and seen to hit the ground.

A/C had 3 engines out. 2 bombs were jammed and could not be released, according to VHF conversation. A/C had only #4 engine running and was asking for fighter support.

A/C was not out of control. No chutes seen.


B-17 42-106994 / Little Guy Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Kyle S. Smith KIA
CP 2LT Donald F. McGurk POW
ENG/TT SGT Robert E. Porter POW
RO SGT Lester F. Colson KIA
BT SGT Gustavo E. Conteras KIA
WG SGT Thomas Arnold POW
TG SGT Francis R. DeLange POW
TOG S/SGT Byron F. Wear POW

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