B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3092 / Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

B-17 #42-3092 / Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)zoom_in



  • RCL: VP-T

MACR: 399

Missions: 7


History of
B-17 42-3092 / Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 4/43 with Capt Bob Post, Bob Nelson, Fred Nudell engineer, Harry Baylerian radio, Capt Joe Murray S-2, M/Sgt Andy Banas line chief, S/Sgt Joe Johnson elec/spec, Cpl Adrian Johnson AFCE spec, S/Sgt Olin David bomb sight maint, Lt Jim Morrison ARC nav; Missing in Action 7m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Hudson, Co-pilot: Bill Grant, Navigator: Ron Delaney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Vaughn, Radio Operator: Dave Pinsky, Ball turret gunner: John Vaughn, Waist gunner: Ford Thueson, Ball turret gunner: Jim Wakefield,Tail gunner: George Doyle (9 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Ken Robinson (KIA, chute lines tangled in aircraft and unable to jump); shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Pesch, four miles SW of Munsterreifel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 399. STRATO SAM (TOUGHEST CREW THAT EVER FLEW).

Last updated: 10. March 2020


B-17 42-3092 / Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew) Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P F/O James C. Hudson POW
CP 2LT William R. Grant POW
BOMB 2LT Kenneth E. Robinson KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Edward R. Vaughn POW
RO T/SGT Pinsky David POW
BT S/SGT John M. Vaughn POW
WG S/SGT Ford W. Thueson POW
WG S/SGT James A. Wakefield POW
TG S/SGT George A. Doyle POW

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