B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29627 / Midnight

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29627 / Midnight



History of
B-17 42-29627 / Midnight

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Tinker 20/3/43; Smoky Hill 29/3/43; Presque Is 4/6/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL- ] Earls Colne 12/5/43; Missing in Action Lorient 17/5/43 with Ed Spevak, Co-pilot: Homer Contipidis, Bombardier: Don Nichols,Tail gunner: Walt Minor – Wounded in Action (4 evaded capture); Navigator: Allen Posey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Ford, ro Chas Morris (?John Wells), Waist gunner: Lewis Taney, Waist gunner: Don Parks (5 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Joe Melvin (Melaun) (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Lorient; (first group loss). No MACR. MIDNIGHT.

Last updated: 27. October 2017


B-17 42-29627 / Midnight Details

First loss of the 94th Bomb Group.


B-17 42-29627 / Midnight Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Edward J. Spevak EVD
CP 2LT Homer Contopodis EVD
BOMB 2LT Donald L. Nichols EVD
ENG/TT T/SGT Frederic J. Ford POW
RO --- Charles J. Morris or John H. Wells POW
BT S/SGT Joseph C. Melaun KIA
WG S/SGT Donald C. Parks POW
WG T/SGT Lewis J. Taney POW
TG S/SGT Walter E. Minor EVD

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