B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31016 / Sweet Sixteen

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31016 / Sweet Sixteen


  • RCL: JW-O

MACR: 1754 & 1960


History of
B-17 42-31016 / Sweet Sixteen

Delivered Cheyenne 3/9/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-O] Podington 17/10/43; Missing in Action Keil 4/1/44 with Joe Hughes, Co-pilot: Bromby Westlake, Navigator: Albt Stern, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Tonon, Ball turret gunner: Bill Ward, Waist gunner: John Toth, Waist gunner: Harry Kurlanshik,Tail gunner: Ray Milcsik (8 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Ford Babcock (EVD-later captured in Brussels and became Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Dick Martin (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Wijnbergen/Vinkwijk, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1754. (1960?) SWEET SIXTEEN.

Last updated: 24. January 2018


B-17 42-31016 / Sweet Sixteen Details

Shot down by Heinz Fuchs, 6./JG 1


B-17 42-31016 / Sweet Sixteen Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Joseph C. Hughes POW
CP 2LT Bromby S Westlake POW
BOMB 2LT Ford Wade Babcock EVD
ENG/TT S/SGT John P. Tonon POW
RO S/SGT Richard L. Martin KIA
BT SGT William W. Ward POW
WG SGT John S. Toth POW
WG SGT Harold Kurlanshik POW
TG SGT Raymond M. Milcsik POW

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