B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29702 / Rat Killer

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29702 / Rat Killer


  • RCL: ET-H, OE-H, QW-H, BG-H

MACR: 4896

Missions: 8


History of
B-17 42-29702 / Rat Killer

Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Brookley 27/3/43; Morrison 9/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Alconbury 13/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 335BS [OE-H], 412BS [QW-H], then 334BS [BG-H]; 8m, Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Bill Renaud (remains recovered off beach at Bangenkop, Langeland 1/7/58), Co-pilot: Glenn McMurty, Navigator: John Lambert, Bombardier: Harley Riley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou Julliard, Radio Operator: Joe LaSarge, Ball turret gunner: Albt Foley, Waist gunner: Chester Piatkowski, Waist gunner: Bill Guse,Tail gunner: Cicero McNeeley (10 Killed in Action); shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Langeland Is. near Lindholm, Den. Missing Air Crew Report 4896. RAT KILLER.

Last updated: 18. July 2021


B-17 42-29702 / Rat Killer Details

B-17F 42-29702 piloted by Lt. William G. Renaud, on this 13 June 1943, was seen over Kiel, Germany and was last sighted at 54° to 55° N and 08° to 10° E. On this mission a great deal of enemy opposition was encountered (over 100 enemy aircraft), causing ten (10) aircraft of this unit to be lost. No chutes were seen to leave the aircraft.

Source: MACR 4896


B-17 42-29702 / Rat Killer Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT William G. Renaud KIA
CP 2LT Glenn W. McMurty KIA
BOMB 2LT Harley H. Riley KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Louis J. Julliand KIA
RO T/SGT Joseph L. LaSarge KIA
BT S/SGT Albert J. Poley KIA
WG S/SGT Chester L. Riatkowski KIA
WG S/SGT William G. Guse KIA
TG S/SGT Cicero J. McNeeley KIA

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