B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31037 / Pistol Packin’ Mama

B-17 #42-31037 / Pistol Packin’ Mamazoom_in



  • RCL: IN-F

MACR: 7545 / KSU/ME/KU: 2509


History of
B-17 42-31037 / Pistol Packin’ Mama

Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe 10/10/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Ken Murgatroyd, Jim Pennoyer, Jim Elderkin, Stan Lesser, Jerome Robertson, Howard Magnuson (6 Prisoner of War); Owen Jorgensen, John Spirodek, Don Schmidli (3 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Liebstedt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7545. PISTOL PACKIN’ MAMA.

Last updated: 12. September 2021


B-17 42-31037 / Pistol Packin’ Mama Details

Number 2 engine and fuselage a fire. Stayed in formation for 10 minutes – 2 chutes came out – then he peeled of to left and 2 more chutes came out – made a 360° pattern losing altitude. Tail fell off and place crashed.

Source: MACR 7545


B-17 42-31037 / Pistol Packin’ Mama Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Kenneth R. Murgatroyd POW
CP 2LT James E. Pennoyer Jr. POW
BOMB 2LT James K. Elderkin Jr. POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Stanley Lesser POW
RO S/SGT John S. Spirodex KIA
BT S/SGT Jerome P. Robertson POW
WG S/SGT Howard N. Magnunson POW
TG S/SGT Donald H. Schmitly KIA

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