B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31431

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31431


MACR: 2891


History of
B-17 42-31431

Delivered Cheyenne 4/11/43; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/12/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with Merlin Chardi, Co-pilot: Capt Campbell Palfrey, Navigator: Dewayne Pohl, Bombardier: Frank Stumpf, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Sheppard, Radio Operator: Rich Adams, Ball turret gunner: Jim Magruder, Waist gunner: John Leonard, Waist gunner: Ernie Lacross,Tail gunner: Larry House (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Ottweiler, between Alschbach & Niederwurzbach, nine miles E of Saarbrucken, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2891.

Last updated: 2. November 2021


B-17 42-31431 Details

Aircraft was observed hit by flak at 4919N – 0721E at 1253 hours. Engine #1 was hit and on fire and pilot pulled out of formation. Ten chutes were observed and aircraft was then seen to break up.


B-17 42-31431 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Merlin L. Chardi POW
CP CPT Campbell Palfrey, Jr. POW GP OPS O
BOMB 1LT Frank L. Stumpf POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Ray E. Sheppard POW
RO T/SGT Richard M. Adams POW
BT S/SGT James E. Magruder POW
WG S/SGT John W. Leonard POW
WG S/SGT Ernest W. Lacross POW
TG 2LT Lawrence M. House POW

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