B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107070 / North Star

B-17 #42-107070 / North Starzoom_in



  • RCL: FC-A

MACR: 7218 / KSU/ME/KU: 2432


History of
B-17 42-107070 / North Star

Delivered Tulsa 11/2/44; Gr Island 13/2/44; Grenier 4/3/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-A] Framlingham 17/3/44; (28m) Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44; mid air coll with 42-97983 (100BG) over Zuider Zee; crashed Hoorn, near Altmaar, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 7218. (?7368) NORTH STAR.

Last updated: 22. January 2022


B-17 42-107070 / North Star Details

Mid-air-collision with B-17 #42-97983.

At 0804 hours at 5238N-0455E, A/C 070 was rammed by A/C 983, as a result A/C 070 dropping back when caught in prop wash. A/C 983 lost props and #2 engine, fire starting in left wing spreading to A/C 070 which was meshed together with A/C 983. A/C parted at 10,000 feet spinning and disentegrating, both exploding before hitting the ground. 7 chutes were reported and one crew reported three additional chutes, burning as they left the airplane. It is impossible to determine the number of chutes origination from each aircraft.

Source: MACR 7368

This is the Lt. Gregor crew of the 390th BG/571st Sq. They are just returned on 5 July 1944 after the Russia Shuttle Mission. Two days later, on 7 July, they lost almost all there lives when they crashed over Hoorn – Holland on the mission to Merseburg – Germany.


B-17 42-107070 / North Star Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Lawrence J. Gregor KIA
CP 1LT James R. Wicker POW
BOMB 1LT William J. Martin KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Harlan B. Scholl KIA
RO T/SGT Marion D. Wolfe KIA
BT S/SGT John E. DiTrapani KIA
WG S/SGT Clayton M. Croft KIA
WG S/SGT Clyde O. Matlock POW
TG S/SGT Harry F. Sherman KIA

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