B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3042 / Cabin Heater

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3042 / Cabin Heater


  • RCL: AW-

MACR: 3984 / KSU/ME/KU: 782A; AV 173/43


History of
B-17 42-3042 / Cabin Heater

Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW- ] Andrews Fd, UK 24/4/43; Missing in Action Emden 29/5/43 with Jack McMath, Co-pilot: Ernie Dickenson, Bombardier: Bill Peterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald Olsen, Radio Operator: Lear Godbey, Waist gunner: Ray Masiero,Tail gunner: Virgil Gregory (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Edwin Martin, Ball turret gunner: Art Shilo, Waist gunner: Harry Boegahalz (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, KO’d #3 setting wing on fire, crashed between Partenay-de-Bretagne and Clayes, nine miles NW of Rennes, Fr.; Missing Air Crew Report 3984.

Last updated: 1. June 2023


B-17 42-3042 / Cabin Heater Details

This ship was flying Lead 6 in the 96th Group formation. After “bombs away” the ship was seen to dive sharply out of formation and lose altitude rapidly due the causes unknown. It was later observed to regain its altitude slowly and to gradually come up to its proper position in the formation.

This ship was later observed at 5020N-0220W at 1745 hours on a heading of 30 degrees. It was apparently under control and no smoke or flame was observed coming from the airplane. At this point it was losing both speed and altitude and apparently attempting to make the South Coast of England. Its altitude at that time was approximately 6000 feet. No parachutes were observed.

Source: MACR 3984


B-17 42-3042 / Cabin Heater Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Jack L. McMath KIA
CP F/O Ernie J. Dickenson KIA
BOMB 1LT William L. Peterson KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Gerald D. Olson KIA
RO T/SGT Lear E. Godbey KIA
BT S/SGT Arthur Shilo POW
WG S/SGT Harry J. Boegaholz Jr. POW
WG S/SGT Raymond M. Masiero KIA
TG S/SGT Virgil B. Gregory KIA

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