B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107176 / The Univited Missionaires

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  • RCL: BI-C

MACR: 11801

Missions: 80


History of
B-17 42-107176 / The Univited Missionaires

Delivered Tulsa 14/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned: 568BS/390BG [BI-C] Framlingham 10/4/44; MIA Mannheim 21/1/45 Pilot: Bill Spragins, Bill Brandt, Junius Yount, John Molans, Ed Sawyer, George Heginbotham, Carl DuBose, Jeremiah Withers, John Lesac (9KIA); feathered engine on assembly and crashed Channel. MACR 11801. THE UNINVITED MISSIONAIRES.

Last updated: 12. August 2021


B-17 42-107176 / The Univited Missionaires Details

A/C 176 left the formation during assembly with #3 engine feathered. Called the control tower for instructions on dropping bombs and was told to fly 40 miles east of Southwold and return over Southwold. This was the division S.O.P, and message was received at 0940. At 0953 hrs. & QDM was received but A/C could not be con acted. No further radio communication or word was heard from this A/C. Flying control notified Air-Sea rescue.

Source: MACR 11801


B-17 42-107176 / The Univited Missionaires Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William E. Spragins, Jr. KIA
CP 2LT William J. Brandt KIA
ENG/TT SGT Edward W. Sawyer KIA
RO SGT George W. Heginbotham KIA
BT SGT Carl DuBose KIA
WG SGT Jerimiah A. Withers KIA
TG SGT John A. Lesac KIA
TOG S/SGT John J. Molans KIA

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