B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107057 / Spirit of 96

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  • RCL: BK-T

MACR: 9414

Missions: 55


History of
B-17 42-107057 / Spirit of 96

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 11/4/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Noel Plowman, Co-pilot: Larry Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Cheresnik, Bombardier: Carl Hart, Radio Operator: Gordon Maxa (5 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Cameron, Ball turret gunner: Armando Oliva, Waist gunner: Frank Anderson,Tail gunner: Ken Lentz (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d tailplane just after bombs away, crashed Bad Soden, W of Frankfurt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9414. SPIRIT OF ’96.

Last updated: 5. November 2022


B-17 42-107057 / Spirit of 96 Details

Summary of eye-witness accounts

B-17G 42-107057 was in formation when hit by flan and nosed over. Tail blown off in front of the horizontal stabilizer. Nosed over straight down out of control and was lost in the clouds.

Source: MACR 9414

One of the soldiers from the flak reached the crash site and commented on it, “Look, the tires have air from the US.”

Source: J. Holzhausen


B-17 42-107057 / Spirit of 96 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Noel E. Poleman KIA
CP F/O Lawrence Winston Ferguson KIA
BOMB 2LT Carl Johnston Hart KIA
ENG/TT SGT Robert Allen Cameron POW
RO SGT Gordon Raymond Maxa KIA
BT S/SGT Armando Olivia POW
WG SGT Frank J. Anderson POW
TG SGT Kenneth Malvin Lentz POW

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