B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31145 / Hi Jinx

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31145 / Hi Jinx


  • RCL: RD-N

MACR: 2353


History of
B-17 42-31145 / Hi Jinx

Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 6/10/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-N] Thurleigh 19/11/43; transferred 708BS/447BG Rattlesden /44; Missing in Action Evreux 6/2/44 with Allen Reed, Co-pilot: Arthur Clark, Navigator: Jim Campbell, Bombardier: Tom Wilkins (4 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Davidge, Radio Operator: Edmund Harma, Ball turret gunner: Paul Boles, Waist gunner: Jim Alexander, Waist gunner: Ben Denny,Tail gunner: Bob Russ (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wissous, near Paris-Orly, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2353.

Last updated: 1. January 2021


B-17 42-31145 / Hi Jinx Details

Plane was hit by severe flak bursts just behind cockpit and fire was seen from #3 and #4 engine. One chute was seen. Plane went into steep dive extinguishing flames and leveled off at cloud level below formation. Plane circled once and then followed formation at cloud level for some distance.

Plane was under control when last seen.


B-17 42-31145 / Hi Jinx Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Allen S. Reed KIA
CP 2LT Arthur L. Clark KIA
BOMB 2LT Thomas G. Wilkins KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT William F. Davidge POW
RO T/SGT Edmund G. Harma POW
BT S/SGT Paul G. Boles POW
WG S/SGT James W. Alexander POW
WG S/SGT Benjamin A. Denny POW
TG S/SGT Robert T. Russ POW

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