B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31441

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31441

Manufacturer:
Boeing

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History of
B-17 42-31441

Delivered Cheyenne 3/11/43; Kearney 16/11/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 1/4/44; Missing in Action (1) Keil 5/1/44 with Ben Burkitt, Co-pilot: Harry Kuhn, Navigator: Herbert Foote, Bombardier: Fred Reith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Gatewood, Radio Operator: Alvin Cantrell, Ball turret gunner: Art Berntzen, Waist gunner: Bill Stoffregen, Waist gunner: Lee Brown,Tail gunner: Cleve Rush (10 Killed in Service); coll with 42-37887(379BG) aircraft when forming up; crashed Catworth, Hunts. UK; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton.

B-17 42-31441 Details

B-17G #42-31441, a brand new B-17G on her first mission. Mid-air-collision with the B-17 #42-29747 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II on 05 January 1944 shortly after take off in the darkness. 10 KIA

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