B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy G

B-17 #42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy Gzoom_in

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Manufacturer:
Boeing

  • RCL: XM-J/B2

MACR: 5901

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History of
B-17 42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy G

Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-J/B2] Earls Colne 5/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43 MISSY G; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/6/44 with Theo Miltoninc 447BG crew, Co-pilot: Dave Gerrits, Navigator: Marvin Stokes, Bombardier: Gene Lightfoot, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edgar Sikes, Ball turret gunner: Hugh Crimmins, Waist gunner: Dewey Rhoads, Waist gunner: Willard Laney,Tail gunner: Art Gruneisen (9 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Jim Wolfe (Prisoner of War); flak hit near Alderney, ditched Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 5901. IDIOTS’ DELIGHT.

Last updated: 6. January 2018

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B-17 42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy G Details

The B-17 was hit by flak flying over the Pas de Calais. The pilot, Theodore A Milton, was forced to ditch the plane in the Channel where nine of the ten crew lost their lives. One crew member survived as a POW.

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B-17 42-30301 / Idiots’ Delight aka Missy G Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Theodore A. Milton KIA
CP 2LT David J. Gerrits KIA
BOMB 2LT Eugene A. Lightfoot KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Edgar L. Sikes KIA
RO S/SGT James J. Wolfe POW
BT SGT Hugh O. Crimmins KIA
WG S/SGT Dewey L. Rhoads KIA
WG SGT Willard F. Laney KIA
TG SGT Arthur H. Gruneisen KIA

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