B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31173 / Maid to Please

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31173 / Maid to Please


  • RCL: IR-L

MACR: 1770 / KSU/ME/KU: 556

Missions: 1


History of
B-17 42-31173 / Maid to Please

Delivered Cheyenne 27/9/43; Harvard 13/10/43; Assigned: 711BS/447BG [IR-L] Rattlesden 24/11/43; MIA Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 Pilot: Julian Schrero, Navigator: Joe Lamansky, Bombardier: Lowell Doan, Radio Operator: Dee Troxell (4KIA); Co-Pilot: Merle Kent, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Howard May, Ball Turret Gunner: John Bitzer, Waist Gunner: Herman Holland, Waist Gunner: Homer Miller (5POW); Tail Gunner: Walt Dickerman (EVD); Enemy aircraft, crashed Coudray Farm, Berville, six miles NW of Mariners, 11 miles NW of Pontoise, Fr; MACR 1770, 23 pages. (first loss in group.) MAID TO PLEASE

Last updated: 13. April 2021


B-17 42-31173 / Maid to Please Details

At 1504 hours on 30 December 1943, aircraft B-17-G 42-31173, pilot 2nd Lt. JULIAN Y. SCHRERO, left the returning formation from Ludwigshafen, Germany, at 49 degrees 13 minutes north – 1 degree 29 minutes east, pulled out right and let down one to two thousand feet. He was attacked by a single enemy fighter, turned back toward the formation, passed beneath it went on to the left, letting down to the tops of the clouds (approximately eighteen to nineteen thousand feet). The fighter returned to the attack, diving from above and behind and going on into the clonds. I observed no parachutes nor any evidence that the aircraft was out of control.

Source: MACR 1770


B-17 42-31173 / Maid to Please Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Julian Y. Schrero KIA
CP 2LT Mehle L. Kent POW
BOMB 2LT Lowell A. Doan KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Howard B. May POW
RO T/SGT Dee L. Troxell KIA
BT S/SGT John Bitzer POW
WG S/SGT Herman F. Holland POW
WG S/SGT Homer L. Miller POW
TG S/SGT Walter E. Dickerman EVD

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