B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29531

B-17 #42-29531zoom_in


  • 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, Harry 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.

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.


B-17 42-29531 Crew

P1LTMarshall R. PetersonPOW
CP2LTHarold Edward BentzEVD
BOMB2LTFrank R. PerricaEVD
ENG/TTS/SGTHilton G. HilliardPOW
ROT/SGTJoseph James FreebornPOW
BTS/SGTPeter P. MilasiusEVD
WGS/SGTPercy Clayton MathewsMIAMIA for 75 years. Remains found and identified.
WGT/SGTGeorge P. SmithPOW
TGS/SGTSalvadore S. TafoyaEVD

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