B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30275 / Vibrant Virgin

B-17 #42-30275 / Vibrant Virginzoom_in

United States Army Air Forces [Public domain]


  • RCL: GX-P

MACR: 825


History of
B-17 42-30275 / Vibrant Virgin

Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-P] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Ralph Jensen, Co-pilot: Nick Ursiak, Navigator: Ray Podolske, Bombardier: Heath Stephens, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerry Minch, Radio Operator: Emil Plaza, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Bennett, Waist gunner: Bob McQuality, Waist gunner: Bob Keeley,Tail gunner: Homer Boyette (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Quackenbruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 825. THE VIBRANT VIRGIN.

Last updated: 19. September 2020


B-17 42-30275 / Vibrant Virgin Details

At Osnabruck, Germany, at 1545 ship #42-30275 was seen to be leaking gas from all four engines. Nine chutes were seen and the plane continued to fly under control.

Source: MACR 825


B-17 42-30275 / Vibrant Virgin Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Ralph M. Jensen POW
CP 2LT Nicholas Ursiak POW
BOMB 2LT Heath Stephens POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Gerald A. Minch POW
RO T/SGT Emil W. Plaza POW
BT SGT Lloyd Bennett POW
WG S/SGT Robert L. McQuality POW
WG S/SGT Robert R. Keeley POW
TG S/SGT Homer L. Boyette POW

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