B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virgin

B-17 #42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virginzoom_in



  • RCL: WF-G, BK-F

History of
B-17 42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virgin

Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/43; Gt Falls 31/1/43; Salina 3/2/43; Nashville 23/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-G] Chelveston VANISHING VIRGIN 24/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 30/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA 12/5/44; Lockbourn 3/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45. X-VIRGIN.

Last updated: 12. June 2022


B-17 42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virgin Details

Originally assigned to the 305th BG, 42-29636 bore the name “The Vanishing Virginian.” Her original Navigator, Mal Sweet, suggested renaming her “The Virgin.” A flak hit on May 14, 1943, above the “V” prompted yet another name change, de-flowering the plane and warranting the sobriquet “X-Virgin.” Captain David Tyler brought her in to a belly-landing after returning from Schweinfurt on August 17, 1943, and the plane was transferred to the 384th Bomb Group. The “X-Virgin” survived her combat tour and was returned to the United States on May 12, 1944.

Crew list of Schweinfurt-Raid see below.


B-17 42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virgin Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P --- David A. Tyler, Jr RTD
CP --- Wayne J. Hendricks RTD
BOMB --- Louis W. Nelson RTD
ENG/TT --- Fred E. Boyle RTD
RO --- Cullen A. Lee POW
BT --- Johnson POW
WG --- Frye KIA
WG --- Dougherty POW
TG --- Stanley J. Salamon POW

Forrest W. Aurentz Aurentz
14. February 2024 access_time 1:29

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