B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31373 / Flakstop

B-17 #42-31373 / Flakstopzoom_in



  • RCL: 7D-V

MACR: 2916 / KSU/ME/KU: 1099


History of
B-17 42-31373 / Flakstop

Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-V] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Chas Wagner, Radio Operator: Francis Shaffer, Waist gunner: Joe Tracey, Waist gunner: Fred Richmond,Tail gunner: George James (5 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Freeman (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Alan Willis, Navigator: Clyde Martin, Bombardier: Henry Gladys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don PorterWounded in Action (4 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Staphorst-de-Leijen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2916. FLAKSTOP.

Last updated: 25. June 2022


B-17 42-31373 / Flakstop Details

Photo taken on 6 March 1944 during bomb run on Berlin. B-17 #42-31373 Flakstop was shot down later on same day by fighters near the German-Dutch border.

Undated picture of B-17 #42-31373 / Flakstop over Bremen


B-17 42-31373 / Flakstop Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles F. Wagner KIA
CP 2LT Alan R. Willis EVD
BOMB 2LT Henry H. Gladys EVD
ENG/TT T/SGT Donald Arthur Porter EVD
RO T/SGT Francis Shaffer KIA
BT S/SGT Lloyd J. Freeman POW
WG SGT Joseph E. Tracy Jr. KIA
WG S/SGT Frederick V. Richmond KIA
TG T/SGT George Lou James KIA

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