B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31081 / Son of a Blitz

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31081 / Son of a Blitz


  • RCL: IN-C

MACR: 9757 / KSU/ME/KU: 3227

Missions: 38


History of
B-17 42-31081 / Son of a Blitz

Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-C] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Zwickau 7/10/44 with Augustus J. Nelson, Edgar W. Nevois, John S. Kulczycki Jr., Blaine B.Wilcox, Larry E. Williams, John T. Dorris, Frank R. Majeski, Bobbie D. Anderson, James J. McCarthy (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Politz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9757. SON OF A BLITZ.

Last updated: 11. March 2023


B-17 42-31081 / Son of a Blitz Details

Intense, extremely accurate flak surrounding synthetic oil plant at Politz.

Aircraft received direct burst in vicinity of nose, blowing most of the nose off; went down in vertical dive, hit ground and exploded.

1 to 4 chutes reported to come out during dive, no other observations concerning particulars of jumps.

Source: MACR 9757


B-17 42-31081 / Son of a Blitz Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Augustus J. Nelson KIA
CP 2LT Edgar W. Nevois KIA
BOMB 2LT Blaine B. Wilcox KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Lawrence E. Williams KIA
RO S/SGT John T. Dorris KIA
BT S/SGT Frank R. Majeski KIA
WG S/SGT Bobbie D. Anderson KIA
TG S/SGT James J. McCarthy KIA

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