B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30199 / The Wicked WAAC

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30199 / The Wicked WAAC


  • RCL: WW-R

MACR: 821 / KSU/ME/KU: 323


History of
B-17 42-30199 / The Wicked WAAC

Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Westover 9/6/43; Dow Fd 10/6/43; Presque Is 13/6/43; Rome Fd 15/6/43; Patterson 27/6/43; Bolling 4/7/43; Louisville 8/8/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-R] Thurleigh 24/8/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with George Bettinger, Co-pilot: Abe Block, Bombardier: Leland Dowden, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Gerking, Radio Operator: Gordon Lewis, Ball turret gunner: Elmer Mills, Waist gunner: Don Williams, Waist gunner: Jim Montana,Tail gunner: Linden Voight{wia-foot blown off} (9 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Elbert Wood (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Ginnick, near Wettweiss, seven miles SE of Duren, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 821. THE WICKED WAAC.

Last updated: 14. March 2020


B-17 42-30199 / The Wicked WAAC Details

Statement from S/Sgt. Linden K. Voight

Plane was attacked by enemy fighters on 14 October 1943 in the vicinity of Frankfurt, Germany. One engine was knocked out of commission, the interphone system was not operating, the tail guns had been rendered useless and both wings of the plane were on fire. My right foot was blown off, the tail gunner, S/Sgt. Williams, had been struck by a bullet which passed through his kidney, Lt. Wood, the navigator was dead at his post and the radio operator, Sgt. Lewis appereared dased. I bailed out at 26500 feet abd later learned that other members of the crew including the badly injured S/Sgt. Williams bailed out successfully. I struck a tree when I landed and broke my right elbow and dislocated my right shoulder. I fell from the tree and broke my left foot.



B-17 42-30199 / The Wicked WAAC Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT George C. Bettinger POW
CP 2LT Abraham Block POW
BOMB 2LT Leland A. Dowden POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Samuel F. Gerking POW
RO S/SGT Gordon F. Lewis POW
BT T/SGT Elmer W. Mills POW
WG S/SGT Donald E. Williams POW
WG S/SGT James F. Montana POW
TG S/SGT Linden K. Voight POW WIA

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