B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30864

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30864


  • RCL: MS-T

MACR: 885 / KSU/ME/KU: 338

Missions: 2


History of
B-17 42-30864

Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gore 13/8/43; Cheyenne 14/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 19/9/43; Missing in Action 2m Bremen 8/10/43 with Bill Cormany, Co-pilot: Maj Bill Ingenhutt, Navigator: Edwin Frost, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Miller, Radio Operator: Bob Roeder, Ball turret gunner: Jim O’Hara, Waist gunner: Jim Dwyer, Waist gunner: Dick Smith,Tail gunner: Lt Bob Weniger (9 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Bob Black (Killed in Action); flak KO’d #2, crashed Haupstedt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 885.

Last updated: 24. April 2021


B-17 42-30864 Details

Eyewitness Statements

42-30664 was last seen at 1510 after turning off target. Number 4 engine was feathered over target but he continued on course. I last saw him after turning off target as he was going down with Number 2 Engine on fire. We continued to pass him.

2Lt. Edison Eichhorn

42-30564 was last seen leading the 381st Group at 1510 just after the bomb release. Number Engine was fathered over the target and Number 2 Engine was hit right after and started sacking. We continued to lead the Group for about five minutes then started to go down about like a normal letdown with Number 4 Engine feathered and Number 2 Engine on fire. Then I went past the ship and saw no more of them.

The Waist Gunner and Tail Gunner also saw this and also the Navigator.

2Lt. Donald K. Hopp

Source: MACR 885


B-17 42-30864 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT William F. Cormany, Jr. POW
CP MAJ William W. Ingenhutt POW
BOMB 1LT Robert G. Black POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Earl F. Miller POW
RO T/SGT Robert R. Roeder POW
BT S/SGT James J. O'Hara POW
WG S/SGT Richard W. Smith POW
WG S/SGT James J. Dwyer POW
TG 1LT Robert L. Weniger POW

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