B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31076 / Chief Sly’s Son

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  • RCL: OR-L, LG-X, LG-R, LG-V

MACR: 1919 / KSU/ME/KU: 701


History of
B-17 42-31076 / Chief Sly’s Son

Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [0R-L] Bassingbourn 16/10/43; transferred 322BS [LG-X]; Missing in Action 18m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with J. C. Page, Navigator: Larry Lynch, Bombardier: Bill Stevenson, Radio Operator: Albt Macos, Ball turret gunner: Arlie Wotring, Waist gunner: Jim Alfred, Waist gunner: Chas Brokke,Tail gunner: Warren Oliver (8 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Tom Butler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Art Ginder (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set wing on fire then ship exploded, crashed Schmede, near Dummer Lake, seven miles SW of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1919. CHIEF SLY’S SON.

Last updated: 13. January 2021


B-17 42-31076 / Chief Sly’s Son Details

B-17G 42-31076 / Chief Sly’s Son on 24 December 1943
B-17G 42-31076 / Chief Sly’s Son on 31 December 1943

Eyewitness Statement to the loss of B-17G 42-31076 “Chief Sly’s Son”

Aircraft B-17-G 42-31076 was last seen at 1221 hours at 18000 feet near Celle, Germany. Subject aircraft left formation apparently under control but as observing aircraft was being attacked by enemy aircraft. No further observation could be made.


B-17 42-31076 / Chief Sly’s Son Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT John C. Page POW
CP 2LT Thomas C. Butler KIA
BOMB 2LT William Stevenson POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Arthur R. Ginder KIA
RO SGT Albert J. Malcos POW
BT SGT Arlie O. Wotring POW
WG SGT James P. Allred POW
WG SGT Charles F. Brock POW
TG SGT Warren A. Oliver POW

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