B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29531

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  • RCL: JJ-Z

History of
B-17 42-29531

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 8/4/43; Lost St Nazaire 29/5/43. Pilot, Marshall Peterson, POW. Co-pilot, Harold E. Bentz. Navigator, Larry Mandleberg, POW. Bombardier, Frank R. Perrica, Evaded. Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Hilton Hilliard, POW. Radio Operator, Joseph James Freeborn, POW. Ball turret gunner, Pete Milasius, Evaded. Waist gunner, George P Smith, POW.Tail gunner, Sal Tafolya, Evaded. Waist gunner, Percy C Matthews, Missing in Action. Flak hit, aircraft broke in two, crashed Saint-Bihy, 12 miles SW of St Brieuc, Fr. No MACR.

Last updated: 9. May 2021


B-17 42-29531 Details

B-17F 42-29531 went down
JJ-Z is clearly visible. Screenshot from William Wylers’ Memphis Belle. Thanks to Steven A Ingraham for research.

Artwork by Steven A. Ingraham

By Steven A. Ingraham

B-17 42-29531 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Marshall R. Peterson POW
CP 2LT Harold Edward Bentz EVD
BOMB 2LT Frank R. Perrica EVD
ENG/TT S/SGT Hilton G. Hilliard POW
RO T/SGT Joseph James Freeborn POW
BT S/SGT Peter P. Milasius EVD
WG S/SGT Percy Clayton Mathews MIA MIA for 75 years. Remains found and identified.
WG T/SGT George P. Smith POW
TG S/SGT Salvadore S. Tafoya EVD

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