B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30292 / Pulsatin Polly

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30292 / Pulsatin Polly


  • RCL: HR-O, CC-Q

MACR: 783

Missions: 11


History of
B-17 42-30292 / Pulsatin Polly

Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/43; Gore 10/5/43; Moses Lake 22/5/43; Geiger 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 1/7/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-O] Gt Ashfield 12/7/43; transferred 569BS/390BG [CC-Q] Framlingham 13/7/43; Missing in Action (11m) Bremen 8/10/43 with Marshall Shepherd, Co-pilot: Neil Murphy, body washed up in River Weser), Navigator: Jesse Wyatt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Masters, Radio Operator: Chas Brown, Ball turret gunner: Bob Ross (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Owen Smith, Waist gunner: Jim Helms, Waist gunner: Harry Lambert, Tail gunner: Albt Martin (4 Prisoner of War); direct flak hits in cockpit, radio room and #4 on fire, and circled by enemy fighters, crashed Quelkhorn, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 783. PULSATIN’ POLLY.

Last updated: 28. February 2021


B-17 42-30292 / Pulsatin Polly Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Marshall M. Shepherd KIA
CP 2LT Neil P. Murphy KIA
BOMB 2LT Owen G. Smith POW
ENG/TT T/SGT William B. Masters KIA
RO S/SGT Charles Brown KIA
BT S/SGT Robert Ross KIA
WG S/SGT James L. Helms POW
WG S/SGT Harold T. Lambert POW
TG S/SGT Albert W. Martin POW

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