History of the
B-17 #42-31137 / Classy Chassy

Delivered: Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned: 563BS/388BG (W) Knettishall 14/10/43; MIA Poznan 9/4/44 Pilot: Irving Abramowitz, Co-Pilot: Bill Manifold, Navigator: Albt Buckley, Bombardier: Jan Begg, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: George Langston, Radio Operator: Leroy Neely, Ball Turret Gunner: Ernie Jones, Waist Gunner: Paul Sorensen, Waist Gunner: Larry Shroyer, Tail Gunner: John Price (10INT); flak, forced landing Kalmar, Sweden. MACR 3654. Ret UK 11/7/45; Returned to US: 121 BU Bradley 16/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 19/8/45; Scrapped: Kingman 17/12/45. CLASSY CHASSY.

Crew 42-31137 / Classy Chassy

P2LTIrving AbramowitzINT
CP2LTWilliam H. ManifoldINT
BOMB2LTJan Gordon BeggINT
ENG/TTS/SGTGeorge C. LangstonINT
ROS/SGTLeroy E. NeelyINT
BTS/SGTErnest B. JonesINT
WGCPLRaymond E. SorensonINT
WGS/SGTLawrence E. ShroyerINT

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  1. von JEFF AMBROSE MITCHELL am 15. June 2019 17:11 Uhr

    I was looking at the crew list for the Classy Chassy and I think one of the names for the crew must be wrong. My uncle “Bud” Rutherford Mitchell was a waist gunner on the Classy Chassy, and the photo clearly shows him kneeling in the front row, second from the left, but it does not have his name on the crew list.


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 16. June 2019 11:14 Uhr

      Hello Jeff, the photo does not show the crew, whose went lost with this B-17.

      The photo, where your uncle is in the front row, were taken on January 20th 1944.


  2. von Redick M Hamer Jr am 22. August 2019 0:07 Uhr

    Father, 1st Lt Redick M Hamer, is in the center of the crew members standing. He was the Bombardier on 26 missions with the 563 Bomb Sqdn.


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