B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30035 / Torchy aka Pasadena

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30035 / Torchy aka Pasadena


  • RCL: XR-H

History of
B-17 42-30035 / Torchy aka Pasadena

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 4/5/43; Hill 11/5/43; Wendover 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG 3/43; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-H] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43; Missing in Action Paris 3/9/43 with Charles Winkleman, Co-pilot: Ralph Smith, Navigator: Bill Booth, Bombardier: Howard Harris, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Combs, Waist gunner: Mike D’Arcy, Waist gunner: Alf Zeoli (7 evaded capture), Radio Operator: Jean Ray, Ball turret gunner: Tom Cuccaro (2 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Ennis Bankhead (Killed in Action) when hit by two 100th ships’ debris following a mid-air collision when climbing, crashed France; No MACR. PASADENA NENA aka TORCHY.

Last updated: 17. December 2017


B-17 42-30035 / Torchy aka Pasadena Details

Ship was hit by debris of the two collided B-17s #42-30059 ‘Barker’s Burdens’ and #42-30089 ‘Sunny’. B-17 #42-30035 ‘Torchy aka Pasadena’ went down and crashed.


B-17 42-30035 / Torchy aka Pasadena Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles B. Winkelman EVD
CP 2LT Ralph D. Smith EVD
BOMB 2LT Howard M. Harris EVD
ENG/TT T/SGT Thomas E. Combs EVD
RO T/SGT Jean E. Ray POW
BT S/SGT Thomas L. Cuccaro POW
WG S/SGT Michael F. Darcy EVD
WG S/SGT Alfred J. Zeoli EVD
TG S/SGT Ennis M. Bankhead KIA

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