B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31079

B-17 #42-31079zoom_in



  • RCL: LL-J, LL-F

MACR: 2897 / KSU/ME/KU: 1125/1126


History of
B-17 42-31079

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 23/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 14/11/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-J/F] Bassingbourn 20/11/43; Missing in Action Erkner 6/3/44 with Paris Coleman, Navigator: Arthur Rinne, Ball turret gunner: Osceola Phillips,Tail gunner: Steve Pogan (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Thompson, Bombardier: Jim O’Looney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orlando Puntorno, Radio Operator: Kirk Aldridge, Waist gunner: Art Truesdale, Waist gunner: Francis Deary (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft shot off right stabilizer, crashed Lindstedt, seven NW of Gardelegen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2897.

Last updated: 11. July 2021


B-17 42-31079 Details

Eyewitness Statement from MACR 2897

Aircraft B-17G 42-31079, was last observed at or about 1245 hours in the vicinity of 5215 N – 1220 E, at which time it was attacked by enemy aircraft. The right stabiliser was shot off and number three (3) engine was burning as subjected aircraft went down finallly blowing up. Eight (8) parachutes were seen to come from this aircraft and observer felt there had been sufficient time when the aircraft was under control for the other two to get out.


B-17 42-31079 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Paris R. Coleman KIA
CP 2LT Robert A. Thompson POW
BOMB 2LT James S. O'Looney POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Orlando Puntorno POW
RO T/SGT Kirk R. Aldrich POW
BT S/SGT Osceola D. Phillips, Jr. KIA
WG S/SGT Arthur W. Truesdale POW
WG S/SGT Francis J. Leary POW
TG S/SGT Steve J. Pogan, Jr. KIA

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