B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone

B-17 #42-31060 / Poque Ma Honezoom_in



  • RCL: GN-N

MACR: 12245


History of
B-17 42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone

B-17G #42-31060 was delivered to Cheyenne 11/9/43; Assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group [GN-N] and arrived at Molesworth on 18 October 1943. It was nicknamed “Poque Ma Hone” or POGUE-MA-HONE. (Gaelic for Kiss My Ass!) Reported as Missing in Action while on bombing mission to synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany on 9 February 1945. After colliding with #43-39149 (No Name), piloted by 2Lt. Robert J. Barrat, “Poque Ma Hone” tried to make its way to Allied controlled territory in Poland. It crashed near the village of Jaraczewo (south-east of Poznan). Salvaged n/battle damaged. From a crew of nine, 5 were Killed in Action (KIA), 1 became a Prisoner of War (POW) and 3 Returned to Duty (RTD). Alf Nemer, Odus Litzelfelner, Pete Volpini, Marion Canfield, Floyd Doherty were Killed in Action); Floyd Bohrer became a Prisoner of War; Henry Schulz, Howard Ganson and Paul Kerr Returned to Duty; See Missing Air Crew Report 12245.

Last updated: 24. June 2017


B-17 42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone Details

Mid-air collision with B-17 #43-39149 on February 09th 1945


B-17 42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Alfred K. Nemer KIA
CP F/O Odus C. Litzelfelner KIA
ENG/TT SGT Floyd S. Bohrer POW
RO SGT Peter M. Volpini KIA
BT SGT Marion L. Canfield KIA
WG SGT Paul L. Kerr RTD
TG SGT Floyd C. Doherty, Jr. KIA
TOG T/SGT Howard H. Ganson RTD

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