B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29967

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29967


  • RCL: PY-Q

History of
B-17 42-29967

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/43; Gore 19/3/43; Walla Walla 30/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 2m, transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-Q] Alconbury 17/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes/Le Mans 4/7/43 with John Campbell, Co-pilot: Hubert Stevenson, Navigator: Burt Hereford, Bombardier: Benedict Kilgrow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Hetrick, Radio Operator: Rich Rasdall, Ball turret gunner: Chas Chenowith, Waist gunner: Lester Arlington, Waist gunner: Mo Guyon,Tail gunner: Harry Burtin (10 Prisoner of War). Believed crashed in sea. No MACR.

Last updated: 3. June 2020


B-17 42-29967 Details

Photo courtesy of Robert P. Lanz, nephew of Hubert V. Stevenson

B-17 #42-29967 was named ‘Battling Bastards’

Robert P. Lanz wrote:
Hubert V. Stevenson was the co-pilot on this plane when it crash landed on the beach of an island on off the north coast of France, returning from a bombing run in France. In 2013 the brother of the co-pilot visited France where a memorial was dedicated to this aircraft and crew. The remains of the fuselage are still visible at low tide. The crew all survived a water landing with only one engine operating, were taken prisoner and all later returned home after the war.


B-17 42-29967 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT John Joseph Campbell POW
CP 2LT Hubert V. Stevenson POW
BOMB 2LT Benedict A. Kilgrow, Jr. POW
ENG/TT SGT Robert Howard Hetrick POW
RO SGT Richard Kenneth Rasdall POW
BT SGT Charles Dwight Chenowith POW
WG SGT LesterM. Arlington POW
WG SGT Maurice J. Guyon POW
TG SGT Harold L. Burtin POW

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