B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29798

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29798


  • RCL: JW-L; UX-C

MACR: 657


History of
B-17 42-29798

Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned: 326BS/92BG [JW-L] Alconbury 25/4/43; then 325BS; MIA Kassel 28/7/43 Pilot: Ben Smotherman, Co-Pilot: Dave Pollack, Navigator: Sid Leigh, Bombardier: Wray McKenzie, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Atlee Pearson, Radio Operator: John Fogarty, Ball Turret Gunner: V.M. Chandler, Waist Gunner: Curtis Moore, Waist Gunner: Jim O’Connell, Tail Gunner: Fred Rentz (10POW); Enemy aircraft, forced landing Veenendaal, near Wageningen, Hol. MACR 657.

Last updated: 20. June 2021


B-17 42-29798 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Benjamin F. Smotherman POW
CP 2LT David Pollak POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Atlee J. Pearson POW
RO T/SGT John J. Fogarty POW
BT S/SGT V. M. Chandler POW
WG S/SGT Curtis L. Moore POW
WG S/SGT James W. O'Connell POW
TG SGT Frederick Rentz, Jr. POW
TOG S/SGT Wray V. McKenzie POW

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