B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29506 / Full Boost! aka White Swan

B-17 #42-29506 / Full Boost! aka White Swanzoom_in



  • RCL: XK-V, VE-A

MACR: 1578 / KSU/ME/KU: 475


History of
B-17 42-29506 / Full Boost! aka White Swan

Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 18/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Chelveston 2/3/43 YE WHITE SWAN; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 22/8/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Jason Duncan, Waist gunner: Harry Starkey, Waist gunner: Morris Wall,Tail gunner: Roy Mattson (4 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Harry Allchin, Navigator: Mac Huffman, Bombardier: Bob Kesslar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vinal Wade, Radio Operator: Ed Doherty, Ball turret gunner: Leon Jeffers (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft started fire in #1, but ship exploded in air, crashed Steenvoorde, five miles E of Cassel, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1578. FULL BOOST.

Last updated: 30. January 2022


B-17 42-29506 / Full Boost! aka White Swan Details

B-17F #42-29506 with markings of the 305th Bomb Group, before transferred to 381st Bomb Group.

Report to the loss of B-17 #42-29506

Lt. Duncan had been flying rather erratically throughout most of the mission after we went Into the enemy coast. The tail gunner of Lt. Clore’s ship said that Lt. Duncan would bank sharply one way and then the other and was not in formation (position) over one minute at a time. Later on after the bombs were dropped, Lt. Duncan had a fire in No. 1 engine. This was extinguished in a short time. We are still in Germany. About one minute after the fire was put out, Lt. Duncan dropped out of formation still being on course but losing altitude. He was seen to stay on course until he reached the enemy coast, where he was last seen to turn about and head back toward Germany.

Lt. Duncan was flying No 2 position in the second element of the squadron that our crew was leading.

2Lt. Marvin E. Dille
(Lt. Clore’s Ship)

Source: MACR 1578


B-17 42-29506 / Full Boost! aka White Swan Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Jason Duncan POW
CP 2LT Harry Allchin, Jr. KIA
BOMB 2LT Robert G. Kesslar KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Vinal L. Wade KIA
RO S/SGT Edward V. Doherty, Jr. KIA
BT S/SGT Leon D. Jeffers KIA
WG SGT Harold Starkey POW
WG SGT Morris A. Wall POW
TG S/SGT Roy F. Mattson POW

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