B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107156 / The Great Speckled Bird

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107156 / The Great Speckled Bird


MACR: 13244


History of
B-17 42-107156 / The Great Speckled Bird

Delivered Tulsa 8/3/44; MacDill 30/3/44; Morrison 8/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 29/4/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 22/3/45 with Con Robinson, Kakides, Andreola, Bunn, Chupa {Wounded in Action}, Clifford, Rivera {Wounded in Action}, Cochran {wia), Brown (8 evaded capture & ret.); cp Craig killed by German sniper, Chupa died in Russian hospital (2 Killed in Action); flak & hit by jet enemy aircraft, shot off most of tail, crashed Breslau; Missing Air Crew Report 13244. THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD.

Last updated: 13. March 2021


B-17 42-107156 / The Great Speckled Bird Details

Eyewitness Statement to the loss of B-17 #42-107156

At 1234 hours the box in which aircraft No. 42-107156 was flying was attacked by jets. This ship was flying No. 2 position. On the first attack a large hole was torn in the right horizontal stabilizer and traders were seen to enter the tail compartment. However, the aircraft apparently remained under control and attempted to follow the box leader, who was losing altitude rapidly du to oxygen and engine trouble. This aircraft last seen at 1240 hours, at 17000 feet still under control but losing altitude, at 5125N – 1425E (Approximate).

Source: MACR 13244


B-17 42-107156 / The Great Speckled Bird Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Con J. Robinson EVD
CP F/O Richard C. Craig KIA
RO CPL John B. Chupa KIA
BT CPL Virgil D. Cochran EVD
WG SGT Richard A. Clifford EVD
WG CPL Hilario M. Rivers EVD
TG S/SGT Carl H. Brown EVD
TOG S/SGT John Andreola EVD

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