B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30811

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30811


  • RCL: WW-D

MACR: 814


History of
B-17 42-30811

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 12/8/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-D] Thurleigh 2/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ralph Peters, Co-pilot: Ed Hughel, Navigator: Dan Peterson, Bombardier: Jim Vaughter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Grimm, Radio Operator: Manford John, Ball turret gunner: Dick Kern, Waist gunner: Blair Steed, Waist gunner: Dan Piedmont,Tail gunner: Pierre Noisat (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #2, crashed Bellheim, near Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 814.

Last updated: 25. November 2018


B-17 42-30811 Details

Flight log of John Earley. A test flight, 10 days before the Schweinfurt-Raid. More see comments below. Photo: © Nicholas Earley

Flight log of John Earley, a British Royal Navy sailer of the test flight in #42-30811, 10 days before the Schweinfurt-Raid. #42-30811 was a brand new aircraft, which arrived the 306th BG at Thurleigh one week before and wasn’t fully tested. More see comments below. Photo: © Nicholas Earley


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