B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29559 / Stupntakit

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29559 / Stupntakit


  • RCL: OR-Q

MACR: 278

Missions: 13


History of
B-17 42-29559 / Stupntakit

Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 13/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 13m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Charles A. Bennett; Co-Pilot Stanley A. Dahlman; Navigator Adrian T. Van Bemmel; Bombardier Maurice J. Sullivan; Flight engineer/top turret gunner Ford C. Cowherd; Right waist gunner/Assistant engineer Robert G. Gaynor; Radio Operator William J. Barrett; Ball Turret gunner/Assistant radio operator John F. Greager; Left Waist gunner Thomas J. Hunt; Tail Gunner Edward P. Troy. On return flight, was shot down by enemy aircraft. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 278.

Last updated: 24. May 2020


B-17 42-29559 / Stupntakit Details

Stan Dahlman, Bill Barrett and Tom Hunt were killed; Maurice Sullivan, Bob Gaynor, John Greager were made prisoner (POW); Charles Bennett, Adrian Van Bemmel and Ford Cowherd were helped in their evasion by the Belgian Comet network. Van Bemmel was on his way to Spain when he was arrested, close to the Spanish border. Bennett and Cowherd also traveled through Belgium, France and Spain and reached Gibraltar from where they were flown back to England.


B-17 42-29559 / Stupntakit Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Charles A. Bennett EVD
CP 2LT Stanley A. Dahlman KIA
BOMB 1LT Maurice J. Sullivan POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Ford C. Cowherd EVD
RO T/SGT William J. Barrett KIA
BT SGT John F. Greager POW
WG S/SGT Thomas J. Hunt KIA
WG S/SGT Robert G. Gaynor POW
TG S/SGT Edward P. Troy EVD

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