B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107211 / Liberty Belle

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107211 / Liberty Belle


  • RCL: XR-N

MACR: 7816 / KSU/ME/KU: 2578


History of
B-17 42-107211 / Liberty Belle

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-N] Thorpe Abbotts 20/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Carl Gustafson, Co-pilot: Mike Newmerowski, Navigator: Vic Kinkade, Bombardier: Marcena Dottoviano, Radio Operator: Tony Trebnik, Ball turret gunner: Jack Kromer, Waist gunner: Frank Caldwell,Tail gunner: Bill Ewing (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Fife (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Mannstedt, N of Weimar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8795.THE LIBERTY BELLE.

Last updated: 16. January 2022


B-17 42-107211 / Liberty Belle Details

No definite information concerning the loss of this A/C is available. The leader of the squadron was knocked out of the formation before the target by flak. The formation fell apart and all A/C became stragglers. It is assumed that this A/C was the victim of enemy fighters that attacked stragglers at 10:20 10:40 hours near 5112N 1140E.

Source: MACR 7816


B-17 42-107211 / Liberty Belle Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Carl C. Gustavson, Jr. KIA
CP F/O Michael J. Nemerowski, Jr. KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Robert E. Fife POW
RO T/SGT Anthony G. Trebnik KIA
BT S/SGT Jack G. Kromer KIA
WG S/SGT Frank A. Caldwell KIA
TG S/SGT William R. Ewing KIA
TOG S/SGT Marccena F. Dottoviano KIA

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