History of the
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.

Details 42-31097 / Mission Belle

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.

Crew 42-31097 / Mission Belle

PF/OHarland Vernon SundeKIA
CP2LTJames William SweaneyPOW
ENG/TTS/SGTWilliam Powell EnglandPOW
ROSGTClaudio Stefano CaranoPOW
BTSGTDoyle Cash McCutchenKIA
WGSGTCarlton Arthur JosephsonPOW
WGSGTCharles Jones CulverPOW
TGSGTJohn Aloysius HealyKIA

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  1. von Evert de Bruijn am 17. August 2018 10:50 Uhr

    2nd RELATED LINK TO THE B-17 42-31097 / MISSION BELLE:



    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 17. August 2018 10:52 Uhr

      Thank you, added to the list.


  2. von Brandy am 19. August 2018 6:49 Uhr



    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 20. August 2018 8:04 Uhr



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