B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31040 / Duffy’s Tavern

B-17 #42-31040 / Duffy’s Tavernzoom_in



  • RCL: FO-A

MACR: 2873


History of
B-17 42-31040 / Duffy’s Tavern

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Scott 21/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 27/9/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Capt Doug Hoverkamp, Navigator: Meyles Sheppard, Radio Operator: Orvin Taylor, Ball turret gunner: Ben St Johns, Waist gunner: Clem Budelman, Waist gunner: Howard Lawson,Tail gunner: Warren Prosperi (7 evaded capture), Co-pilot: Ernie Hoppe, Bombardier: Frank Paisano, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wendell Shepard(captured 16/3/44} (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, five miles from Bastogne, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 2873. DUFFY’S TAVERN.

Last updated: 2. August 2020


B-17 42-31040 / Duffy’s Tavern Details

Capt. Douglas K. Hoverkamp’s Crew.
Back row left to right:
Douglas K. Hoverkamp; Ernest J. Hoppe; Meyles A. Sheppard; Wendell J. Shepard; Frank Paisano, Jr.
Front row left to right:
Clement C. Budelman; Howard W. Lawson; Orvin V. Taylor; Benjamin H. St. John; Warren J. Prosperi

B-17 42-31040 / Duffy’s Tavern Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT Douglas K. Hoverkamp EVD
CP 1LT Ernest J. Hoppe POW
BOMB 1LT Frank Paisano, Jr. POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Wendell J. Shepard POW
RO T/SGT Orvin V. Taylor EVD
BT S/SGT Benjamin H. St. John EVD
WG S/SGT Clement C. Budelman EVD
WG S/SGT Howard W. Lawson EVD
TG S/SGT Warren J. Prosperi EVD

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