B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31097 / Mission Belle

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31097 / Mission Belle


MACR: 1661


History of
B-17 42-31097 / Mission Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 12/10/43; Scott 18/11/43; assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 19/11/43; transferred 535BS/381BG Ridgewell 21/11/43; Missing in Action (1st mission for this aircraft) Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Pilot Harland V. Sunde (KIA – body recovered 12/6/44); Ball turret gunner: Doyle C. Mc Cutchen (KIA; body recovered from river 30/5/44); Tail gunner: John F. Healey (KIA). Co-pilot: James W. Sweaney; Navigator: Roger G.Christensen; Bombardier: O.D. Tully; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: William P. England; Radio Operator: Claudio Carano; Right Waist gunner: Charles J. Culver; Left Waist gunner Carlton A. Josephson (those 7 Prisoner of War). Missing Air Crew Report 1661.

Last updated: 17. August 2018


B-17 42-31097 / Mission Belle Details

Flak, left formation a few minutes before hitting the target and was attacked by fighters. Shot down by Unteroffizier Albert Brett (7./JG 1) in a Me 109.


B-17 42-31097 / Mission Belle Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P F/O Harland Vernon Sunde KIA
CP 2LT James William Sweaney POW
BOMB 2LT O. D. Tully POW
ENG/TT S/SGT William Powell England POW
RO SGT Claudio Stefano Carano POW
BT SGT Doyle Cash McCutchen KIA
WG SGT Carlton Arthur Josephson POW
WG SGT Charles Jones Culver POW
TG SGT John Aloysius Healy KIA

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