B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107040 / Shirley Jean

B-17 #42-107040 / Shirley Jeanzoom_in



  • RCL: OR-K, DF-D

Missions: 98+


History of
B-17 42-107040 / Shirley Jean

Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 17/3/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-K] Bassingbourn 1/4/44; 324BS [DF-D]; on mission 27/5/44 with Capt ? Juehl, Waist gunner: Walter Meader (KIA – in fighter attack); returned safely after slight mid-air collision with 44-6151 over Peterborough with John Lindahl 5/12/44; 98+m battle damaged over Stuttgart 3/3/45 with John Lindahl, but got back to base; XXX (MACR 9469?);RetUS Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14/12/45. SHIRLEY JEAN.

Last updated: 8. February 2020


B-17 42-107040 / Shirley Jean Details

MACR 9469 for incent on mission on 15 October 1944

We encountered intense flak between the IP (Initial Point) and the target. The No. 1 engine was hit and caught fire and we had prop surge from No. 3 and No. 4 engines. We were then at 27000 feet and had started loosing altitude and I told to the crew to get ready to bail out. While I was trying to feather the No. 1 prop which I could not do because the prop governor had been shot out, the Co-Pilot feathered the No. 3 and No. 4 props. When I realized what had happened we were at 20000 feet and four men had bailed out.

I instructed the Co-Pilot to unfeather No. 3 and 4 engines and started back across Belgium and the Channel. The four (4) chutes were seen to leave the plane and open while the plane was between Cologne and Duren, between 27000 and 20000 feet.

Iver O. Tufty
Capt. A. C., 324th Bomb Sq.
Pilot of A/C, 42-107040

Crew on 15 October 1944 mission

  1. Pilot: Capt. Iver O. Tufty – RTD
  2. Co-Pilot: 1st Lt.  Lawrance E. Gaddis – RTD
  3. Navigator: 2nd Lt. Adam Arakas – RTD
  4. Bombardier/Togglier: Sgt. Robert R. Mc Donald – RTD
  5. Radio Operator: Sgt. Lloyd H. Boxx – POW
  6. Top Turret Gunner: T/Sgt. Hugh T. Howard – POW
  7. Ball Turret Gunner: S/Sgt. Robert F. Dealey – RTD
  8. Waist Gunner: William Economu – POW
  9. Tail Gunner: Casimer A. Sidlowski – POW

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