B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3060 / Hell’s Belle

B-17 #42-3060 / Hell’s Bellezoom_in



  • RCL: LL-G

MACR: 1319

Missions: 4+


History of
B-17 42-3060 / Hell’s Belle

Delivered Tulsa 14/1/43; 548BS/385BG [GX-V] Dow Fd 15/6/43; Gt Ashfield 26/6/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bassingbourn 3/9/43; Missing in Action 4m Solingen 1/12/43 with Chas Guinn, Co-pilot: Ken Fallek, Navigator: Bob Hornbeck, Bombardier: Sid Edelstein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Wingate, Radio Operator: Bert Stieler, Ball turret gunner: Bill Rassmussen, Waist gunner: Chas Dyer, Waist gunner: Cecil Corner,Tail gunner: Gerry McDowell (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, crash landed Boich, near five miles S of Duren, Ger. Despite crew’s attempts to ignite their ship, the Luftwaffe salvaged it for spares. Missing Air Crew Report 1319. HELL’S BELLE.

Last updated: 11. June 2022


B-17 42-3060 / Hell’s Belle Details

Aircraft No. 42-3060 was seen at 1150 hours, 25,000 feet, 50°56’N – 07°25’E., with number two (2) engine smoking and number three (3) engine feathered starting to let down under control. This was a result of an attack by five (5) ME-109’s on the high squadron.

Source: MACR 1319

Lt. Jewett and crew of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “HELL’S BELLE”, England, 18 October 1943.

B-17 42-3060 / Hell’s Belle Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles A. Guinn POW
CP 2LT Kenneth W. Fallek POW
BOMB 2LT Sidney Edelstein POW
ENG/TT SGT Harold E. Wingate POW
RO S/SGT Bert A. Stieler POW
BT SGT William E. Rasmussen POW
WG SGT Charles W. Dyer POW
WG SGT Cecil E. Comer POW
TG SGT Gerald E. McDowell POW

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