B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-107218 / Agony Wagon II

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107218 / Agony Wagon II


  • RCL: N8-T

MACR: 7221


History of
B-17 42-107218 / Agony Wagon II

Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-T] Nuthampstead 3/5/44; (17m) Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Roger Folger, Navigator: Bill Moses, Bombardier: Chas Busbee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Paris, Radio Operator: John Quinn, Ball turret gunner: Calvin Harvey, Waist gunner: John Schneider,Tail gunner: Lou Zeller (8 Prisoner of War); Ray Hopp (KIA, shot in esacpe attempt); flak, crashed Bad Dueben, near Leipzig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7221. AGONY WAGON II.

Last updated: 27. December 2021


B-17 42-107218 / Agony Wagon II Details

Eyewitness Description of Missing Aircraft B-17G #42-107218

We were flying high squadron, lead group number two ship. Just after bombs away I heard over the interphone that Lt. Folger’s ship had left formation. I saw it go into a slight dive to the right. It pulled out about ten thousand feet.

The last I saw of it, it was headed back into the flak over the target Leipzig, Germany and under control. There were no chutes that I could see.

S/Sgt. Richard B. Jessop
Tail Gunner B-17G #42-107096

I was ridding as tail gunner of the lead ship, high squadron of the lead group. We had just finished our bombing run when I noticed a ship from our formation falling behind in what seemed to be an undercontrolled bank to the left. The pilot righted the ship and seemed headed back for our formation when the ship seemed to fall off a second time — this time to the right. This time when the ship appeared to get under control, it was headed back for the city of Leipzig in a long glide at about ten thousand feet. I couldn’t say whether or not it was under control, though it well could have been. I watched it continue this glide unti it disappeared from my view over the city. When I looked at our lead squadron #6 ship was missing to I assumed that the ship I saw was it.

S/Sgt. John F. Kolafa
Tail Gunner B-17G #42-102600

We were flying number two ship in the high squadron. Just after bombs away I saw the rear left ship in the lead squadron peel off to the right in a slight dive and go back over the target at about ten thousand feet through heavy flak. The last I saw of him he was headed in the opposite direction from our formation. I saw no one bail out and the ship was not in flames.

T/Sgt. James J. Burk
TTG B-17G #42-107096

Source: MACR 7221


B-17 42-107218 / Agony Wagon II Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Robert A. Folger POW
CP 2LT Raymond C. Hopp KIA
BOMB 2LT Charles R. Busbee POW
ENG/TT S/SGT John J. Paris POW
RO S/SGT John P. Quinn POW
BT SGT Calvin D. Harvey POW
WG SGT John G. Schneider, Jr. POW
TG SGT Louis Zeller POW

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