B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30164

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30164


  • RCL: BG-E

MACR: 1371 & 8960


History of
B-17 42-30164

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Memphis 30/4/43; Presque Is 5/5/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Framlingham 12/5/43; 2m, Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Capt Harry Stirwalt, Co-pilot: Maj Alan Wilder, Navigator: Walter Thimm, Bombardier: Bob McNutt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Drotleff, Radio Operator: Bob Forest, Ball turret gunner: Chas Benson, Waist gunner: Angelo Triches, Waist gunner: Odes Boyd,Tail gunner: Lt Don Scavotto, mc-BrIg Gen Nathan B. Forrest (11 Killed in Action); Navigator: Willard Brown, obs-Lt Vince Gannon (2 Prisoner of War); flak hits & enemy aircraft KO’d #4, crashed Baltic Sea, off Kiel, Ger; MACRS 1371 and 8960.

Last updated: 29. February 2020


B-17 42-30164 Details

Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest III was in the aircraft at last flight and was killed in action.

From MACR 8960

B-17F 42-30164 piloted by Captain Harry A. Stirwalt, in which Brigadier General Nathan B. Forrest was flying as combat wing Commander was seen hit before reaching the target. It was reported as continuing over the target with #4 engine smoking, dropping its bombs and then was attacked from the nose by a formation of three fighters. The aircraft was seen to slow down, to have been hit by several explosive shells and to go down banking sharply to the right. It was reported to be under control and 8 chutes were seen to leave the ship.


B-17 42-30164 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT Harry A Stirwalt KIA
CP MAJ Alan W. Wilder KIA
BOMB 1LT Robert L. McNutt, Jr. KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Walter A. Drotleff KIA
RO T/SGT Robert F. Forrest KIA
BT S/SGT Charles J. Benson KIA
WG S/SGT Odes W. Boyd KIA
WG S/SGT Angelo Triches Jr KIA
TG 1LT Donald W. Scavotto KIA
NAV2 1LT Walter J. Thimm KIA
OBS BG Nathan Bedford Forrest III KIA
OBS 1LT Vincent J. Gannon POW

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