B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29666 / Dearly Beloved

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29666 / Dearly Beloved


  • RCL: RD-O

History of
B-17 42-29666 / Dearly Beloved

Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Salina 14/2/43; Barksdale 22/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned: 423BS/306BG [RD-O] Thurleigh 25/3/43; MIA Wilhelmshafen 21/5/43 Pilot: Bob Smith, Co-Pilot: Bob McCallum, Navigator: Dan Barberis, Bombardier: Wayne Gray{togg], Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ben Buchanan, Radio Operator: Hendrik Cate, Ball Turret Gunner: Art Adrian, Waist Gunner: Clarry Durham, Waist Gunner: ‘, Tail Gunner: Billy Lamb (9RTD); flak & Enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea, rescued by Royal Navy minesweeper. No MACR. DEARLY BELOVED.

Last updated: 10. April 2018


B-17 42-29666 / Dearly Beloved Details

Gunners claimed 11 enemy fighters destroyed before they were forced to ditch in the North Sea.


B-17 42-29666 / Dearly Beloved Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Robert H. Smith RTD
CP 2LT Robert McCallum RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT Bennett F. Buchanan RTD
RO T/SGT Hendrik Kate RTD
BT S/SGT Arthur R. Adrian RTD
WG S/SGT Clarence W. Durham RTD
TG S/SGT Billy J. Lamb RTD
TOG S/SGT Wayne J. Gray RTD

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