B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-29985 / Barrel House Bessie aka Kathleen

B-17 #42-29985 / Barrel House Bessie aka Kathleenzoom_in



  • RCL: JD-Y, GY-X

MACR: 868


History of
B-17 42-29985 / Barrel House Bessie aka Kathleen

Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Cheyenne 31/3/43; Smoky Hill 5/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Pilot: Rich Jerger forced landing Meeks Fd, Iceland 17/4/43; Assigned: 545BS/384BG [JD-Y] Grafton Underwood 28/6/43; Transferred: 367BS/306BG [GY-X] Thurleigh 22/8/43; MIA Bremen 8/10/43 w/Tom Ledgerwood, Co-Pilot: John Acker, Navigator: Myron Sorden, Bombardier: Gene Levy, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Harvey Cook, Radio Operator: Bob Van Dragt, Ball Turret Gunner: John Spell, Waist Gunner: Pat Walsh, obs-Capt Paul George (9POW); Waist Gunner: Andy Fila(died of wounds 6 Nov}, Tail Gunner: Art Robinson{trapped in tail when ship hit by Me 110 rockets} (2KIA); Enemy aircraft set two engines on fire, crashed Handrup, 10 miles NE of Lingen, Germany. MACR 868. KATHLEEN aka BARREL HOUSE BESSIE.

Last updated: 29. September 2020


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