B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31098 / Penny’s Thunderhead

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31098 / Penny’s Thunderhead

Manufacturer:
Boeing

  • RCL: IW-B

MACR: 8711

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History of
B-17 42-31098 / Penny’s Thunderhead

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/32; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Dick Kaufman, Bombardier: Bob Fitzgerald (2 Returned to Duty), Co-pilot: Fred Robinson (washed up Oosterbierum, Hol. 9/3/44), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Shaw (washed up Terschelling Is. 22/6/44), Ball turret gunner: Forrest Cope, Waist gunner: Tage Nielsen, Waist gunner: Henry Bargfrede (washed up 14/6/44), Tail gunner: Ed Masterman (6 Killed in Action), Navigator: John Barrett, Radio Operator: Don Carlson (2 POW – picked up by life-boat Twente from Harlingen). Sustained battle damage and three bailed, thinking ship doomed, but pilot & bombardier brought ship back to RAF Lindholme, Yorks. Missing Air Crew Report 8711.

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B-17 42-31098 / Penny’s Thunderhead Details

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B-17 42-31098 / Penny’s Thunderhead Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Richard H. Kaufman RTD
CP 2LT Fred. B. Robinson KIA
BOMB 2LT Robert G. Fitzgerald RTD
ENG/TT S/SGT Howard Shaw KIA
RO S/SGT Donald H. Carlson POW
BT S/SGT Forrest R. Cope KIA
WG S/SGT Tage R. Nielsen KIA
WG S/SGT Henry L. Bargfrede KIA
TG S/SGT Edward W. Masterman KIA

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