B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29971

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29971


  • RCL: RD-F

MACR: 819 / KSU/ME/KU: 299


History of
B-17 42-29971

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/43; Walla Walla 29/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Field 30/4/43; Assigned 423BS/305BG [RD-F] Chelveston 23/5/43; damaged in mid-air collision with 42-30221 (306) 8/7/43 with Frank Kackstetter; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Vernon Cole, Radio Operator: Robah Shields, Ball turret gunner: Don Richardson, Waist gunner: Fred Zumpf (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Partridge, Navigator: Chas Kuehn, Bombardier: Joe Columbus, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Folk, Waist gunner: Adrien Wright,Tail gunner: Irving Mills (6 Prisoner of War); hit by rocket from JU88, then exploded to crashed Beek, near Maastricht, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 819.

Last updated: 14. October 2020


B-17 42-29971 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Vernon K. Cole KIA
CP 2LT Robert E. Partridge POW
BOMB 2LT Joseph M. Columbus POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Robert D. Folk POW
RO T/SGT Robah C. Shields jr. KIA
BT S/SGT Donald Richardson KIA
WG S/SGT Frederick W. Zumpf KIA
WG S/SGT Adrian H. Wright POW
TG S/SGT Irving J. Mills POW

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