B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31121

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  • RCL: BX-E

MACR: 1673


History of
B-17 42-31121

Delivered Cheyenne 22/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Wilmington 10/10/32; Assigned: 338BS/96BG [BX-E] Snetterton 14/10/43; MIA Bordeaux 31/12/43 Pilot: Ralph Woodward, Co-Pilot: Bill O’Neil, Navigator: Alex Yaskel, Bombardier: Henry Reynolds, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Joe Hood, Radio Operator: Harry DeFrain, Ball Turret Gunner: Joe Estep, Waist Gunner: Lee Merrick, Waist Gunner: Nathan Brown, Tail Gunner: Joe Welch (10KIA); flak, near Abbeville, Fr; MACR 1673.

Last updated: 19. June 2021


B-17 42-31121 Details

The only information gathered from the reporting crews was that the aircraft was flying far below the formation just before reaching the French coast, though it was apparently under control and headed the same direction as the formation.

Source: MACR 1673


B-17 42-31121 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Ralph A. Woodward KIA
CP 2LT William Quincy O'Neall KIA
BOMB 2LT Henry Grady Reynolds KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Joseph Randell Hood KIA
RO T/SGT Harold James DeFrain KIA
BT S/SGT Joseph Wendel Estep KIA
WG S/SGT Lee Willett Merrick KIA
WG S/SGT Nathan Pitts Brown, Jr. KIA
TG SGT Joseph W. Walch KIA

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