B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29633

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29633


  • RCL: WF-H/J/N/D, LF-U, FR-C

MACR: 2869


History of
B-17 42-29633

Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H/J/N/D] Chelveston 4/3/43. Completed missions as “Spitz Fire” under command of Lt. Frank R. Spitznagel Jr. until 8/19/43; transferred 381BG Ridgewell 11/9/43 1m; 526BS/379BG [LF-U] Kimbolton 26/9/43; then 525BS [FR-C]; Missing in Action Frankfurt 8/2/44 with Doris Beam, Navigator: Gene Gallagher, Radio Operator: George Potenakes, Waist gunner: George Lissandrello,Tail gunner: Bob Kelly (5 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Dean Tate, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Lessig, Ball turret gunner: John Bernier, Waist gunner: David Helsel (4EVD-all ret UK by 18/3/44); Co-pilot: Bob Ross (KIA-chute damaged by numerous bullet holes); enemy aircraft, crash landed Monchy-Humieres, five miles NW of Compiegne, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2869.

Last updated: 11. February 2018


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