B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-2975

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-2975

B-17F-5-DL: 42-2967 to 42-2978


MACR: 15079


History of
B-17 42-2975

B-17F 42-2975 was assigned 423BS/306BG Presque Is 17-Nov-42; Molesworth 25-Nov-42. This was the first B-17 built by Douglas Aircraft Company under license with Boeing to go MIA with the 8th AF. Shot down 30-Dec-42 by enemy aircraft upon return from a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft made a late takeoff and was unable to join with the 306BG formation, so it tagged along with the 305BG. 1POW 9KIA MACR 15079.

Last updated: 7. October 2017


B-17 42-2975 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT John B. Brad KIA
CP 2LT Bernard T. Healey KIA
BOMB 1LT Gardner M. Reynolds POW first and only mission
ENG/TT SGT James L Carberry KIA
RO SGT William L. Nisbett KIA
BT SGT Eugene H. Stein KIA
WG SGT John J. Vallorani KIA
WG SGT Edward J Sanski KIA
TG S/SGT James P. Gaffney KIA

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