B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3049 / Windy City Challenger

B-17 #42-3049 / Windy City Challengerzoom_in



  • RCL: JJ-W

MACR: 64


History of
B-17 42-3049 / Windy City Challenger

Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; Assigned: 422BS/305BG [JJ-W] New Castle 17/3/43; Chelveston 25/3/43; MIA Villacoublay 14/7/43 Pilot: John Perkins, Co-Pilot: Art Lewis, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Joe Dube, Ball Turret Gunner: Joe Wendell, Waist Gunner: Joe Devine, Waist Gunner: Sid Lesneau, Tail Gunner: Ken Meyer (7KIA); Navigator: Chas Otis, Bombardier: George Carruthers, Radio Operator: Harry Fedora, foto-George Friend (4POW); Enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Lieuesant, 10 miles NW of Melun, Fr.; MACR 64. WINDY CITY CHALLENGER.

Last updated: 17. December 2021


B-17 42-3049 / Windy City Challenger Details

Second Lieutenant Homer L. Hocker of the 365th Bombardment Squadron, flying as tail gunner in the lead aircraft of our Group reported:

Just after bombs were away at 0813 hours over Villacoublay, an enemy aircraft attacked our aircraft No. 42-3049 hitting and setting fire to No. 3 engine. Aircraft 42-3049 fell out of formation, flaming form the cockpit and at approximately 0820 hours was seen to hit the ground and explode. From four (4) to seven (7) parachutes were observed.

Source: MACR 64


B-17 42-3049 / Windy City Challenger Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT John H. Perkins, Jr. KIA
CP 1LT Arthur C. Lewis KIA
BOMB 2LT George C. Carruther POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Joseph L. P. Dube KIA
RO T/SGT Harold J. Fedora POW
BT S/SGT Joseph C. Wendell KIA
WG S/SGT Joseph F. Devine KIA
WG S/SGT Sidney J. Lesneau KIA
TG T/SGT Kenneth V. Meyer KIA
PHOTO T/SGT Geroge H. Friend POW

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