B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30840

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30840


  • RCL: LN-O

MACR: 951 / KSU/ME/KU: 290


History of
B-17 42-30840

Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Gr Isle 13/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-O] Thorpe Abbotts 25/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Herb Nash, Co-pilot: Bob Spears, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pat Neilon, Radio Operator: Tom Dilts,Tail gunner: Joe Bost (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Hart, Bombardier: Verne Hogsett, Ball turret gunner: Thad Kirkpatrick, Waist gunner: George Snyder, Waist gunner: Stan Nowakowski (5 Prisoner of War); severe flak damage, crashed near Oerdinghausen, nine miles W of Hoya, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 951.

Last updated: 23. February 2020


B-17 42-30840 Details

Hogsett (Lt Vernon N. Hogsett) stated after the war, “The engineer (S/Sgt Patrick J. Neilon) and I landed a small pond in a farmyard. With the assistance of German civilians I got Neilon to shore. He complained greatly of back injury, which I believe was caused when bailing out of the plane. There was no external injuries. I pleaded with the Germans to bring a doctor, but I do not believe they understood me. Sgt Neilon lost consciousness immediately and I firmly believe he died before the German Officer in charge took me away with the rest of the crew members.

Source: MACR 951


B-17 42-30840 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Herbert G. Nash Jr. KIA
CP 2LT Robert E. Spears KIA
BOMB 2LT Vernon N. Hogsett POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Patrick J. Neilon KIA
RO S/SGT Thomas B. Dilts KIA
BT SGT Thaddeus L.Kirkpatrick POW
WG SGT Georg D. Snyder POW
WG SGT Stanley Nowakowski POW

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