B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat


  • RCL: QW-O

MACR: 2807

Missions: 6


History of
B-17 42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat

Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Alconbury 29/3/43; t/o Framlingham (6m), Missing in Action Cuxhaven 11/6/43 with Malcolm MacKinnon, Co-pilot: Gene Wood, Navigator: Dick Miller, Bombardier: Windell Neeley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Babich, Radio Operator: John Vail, Ball turret gunner: Dick Cavanaugh, Waist gunner: John Davoren, Waist gunner: Alex Marek,Tail gunner: Stan Bennett (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft attacked, ship exploded, crashed North Sea, 70 miles N of Texel Is, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2807. LONESOME POLECAT.

Last updated: 15. September 2023


B-17 42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat Details

B-17F 42-29693 piloted by 1st Lt. Malcom B. Mackinnon, on the 11 June 1943 was hit by enemy fighters in an attack 25 miles out in the North Sea on the route back from the target. The aircraft was seen to spin down out of control, explode on hitting the water and sink immediately at 54°10″N – 05°40″E. Two to four chute were reported as seen leaving the ship.

Source: MACR 2807


B-17 42-29693 / Lonesome Polecat Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Malcom B. Mackinnon KIA
CP F/O Eugene W. Wood KIA
BOMB 2LT Windell D. Neeley KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT George Babich KIA
RO T/SGT John J. Vail KIA
BT S/SGT Richard M. Cavanaugh KIA
WG S/SGT John F. Davoren KIA
WG T/SGT Alexander A. Marek KIA
TG S/SGT Stanley D. Bennett KIA

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