B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30604 / Badger’s Beauty V

B-17 #42-30604 / Badger’s Beauty Vzoom_in

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  • RCL: LN-T

MACR: 843


History of
B-17 42-30604 / Badger’s Beauty V

Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/43; Gore 29/6/43; Gr Isle 22/6/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 306BG Thurleigh 10/8/43; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 20/8/43; Missing in Action St Dizier 4/10/43 with Capt Harry Helstrom, Co-pilot: Hubert Trent, Navigator: Harry Curtice, Bombardier: Hilbert Phillippe {evaded capture for weeks}, Ball turret gunner: Bill Edwards, weg-Chas Crippen (6 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Giles, Radio Operator: Carroll Haarup, Waist gunner: Joe Shandor,Tail gunner: Tom Mezynski (4 evaded capture); flak KO’d #3 and damaged another, crash landed Caen, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 843. Salvaged and survived at Boeing Museum. BADGER’S BEAUTY V.


B-17 42-30604 / Badger’s Beauty V Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT Harold B. Helstrom POW
CP F/O Hubert E. Trent POW
BOMB 1LT Hilbert W. Phillippe POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Robert C. Giles EVD
RO T/SGT Carroll F. Haarup EVD
BT S/SGT Thomas F. Mezynski EVD
WG S/SGT William D. Edwards POW
WG S/SGT Joseph Shandor EVD
TG S/SGT Charles E. Crippen POW

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