B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3057 / Picadilly Commando aka Blonde Bomber

B-17 #42-3057 / Picadilly Commando aka Blonde Bomberzoom_in



  • RCL: LG-N

MACR: 1918

Missions: 38


History of
B-17 42-3057 / Picadilly Commando aka Blonde Bomber

Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Nashville 27/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [LG-N] Wildflower 21/3/43; Bassingbourn 26/3/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben on its 38th mission, 11 January 1944 to Oschersleben, Germany. Pilot Wayne E. Murdoch chute failed to open; Radio Operator: Teddy J. Morris (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Kenneth L. Manson; Navigator: George F.Young Jr; Bombardier: Robert R. Case; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arlo L. Roswell; Ball turret gunner: Thomas H. Rogers; Left Waist gunner: Walter T. Romanofski; Right Waist gunner: Russell B. Hoover; Tail gunner: Julius R. Sobieski – foot shot off in action (8POW-baled out over target area); Flak hits and enemy aircraft, crashed between Hornhausen and Ausleben, six miles NW of Oschersleben, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 1918. PICADILLY COMMANDO later BLONDE BOMBER.

Last updated: 24. April 2023


B-17 42-3057 / Picadilly Commando aka Blonde Bomber Details

Eyewitness Description

Aircraft B-17F #42-3057 while flying at 20,000 feet at 1135 hours near Dummer Lake, Germany, was seen to collide with an enemy aircraft and broke in two. No parachutes were seen.

Source: MACR 1918

Sheet metal workers repair the flak-damaged tail of a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” (A/C No. 23057) of the 322nd Bomb Squadron, 9lst Bomb Group, based at Bassingbourne, England. 14 May 1943.
Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortresses” #42-3057, enroute toward Cognac, France, fly at 18,000 feet altitude high above the heavy cloud banks. 31 Dec.43.
B-17 “Flying Fortress” #42-3057 of the 322nd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, drones steadily on toward its target somewhere in Europe. December 1943.

B-17 42-3057 / Picadilly Commando aka Blonde Bomber Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Wayne E. Murdock KIA
CP 2LT Kenneth L. Manson POW
BOMB 2LT Robert R. Case POW
ENG/TT SGT Arlo L. Roswell POW
RO SGT Teddy J. Morris KIA
BT SGT Thomas H. Rogers POW
WG SGT Walter T. Romanowski POW
WG SGT Russel B. Hoover POW
TG SGT Julius R. Sobieski POW

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