B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31113 / Zilch

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31113 / Zilch


MACR: 1564


History of
B-17 42-31113 / Zilch

Delivered Dallas 21/9/43; Scott 3/10/43; Wilmington 7/10/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 15/10/43; on familiarization flight 22/10/43 with Bruce O’Dell, Co-pilot: Chas May, Navigator: Chas Setilmeyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Louis Shaney, Radio Operator: Marion King (5 Returned to Duty); pilot forgot to lower u/c and crash landed base; Missing in Action Bremen 16/12/43; engine shot off and hit aircraft below then mid air coll with 42-30872 (96BG), crashed North Sea, W of Terschelling Is. Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 1564. ZILCH.

Last updated: 4. June 2017


B-17 42-31113 / Zilch Details

Mid-air-collision with B-17 #42-30872 Blonde Bomber on 26 September 1943.

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B-17 42-31113 / Zilch Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT Harold R. Mott KIA
CP 2LT Harry E. Creutzman KIA
BOMB 2LT Angus D. Stewart KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Floyd W. Gauss KIA
RO T/SGT John Mancina KIA
BT S/SGT Paul J. Santillan KIA
WG S/SGT Leonard M. Branam KIA
WG S/SGT Andrew R. Nichols KIA
TG S/SGT Warren M. Sturdevant KIA

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