History of the
B-17 #42-31443 / Friday The 13th

Delivered Cheyenne 5/11/43; Gt falls 6/11/43; Billings 7/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 17/11/43; Topeka 29/11/43; Romulus 30/11/43; Syracuse 3/12/43; Bangor 4/12/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-M] Ridgewell 6/1/44; Missing in Action 7m Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Francis Flaherty, Co-pilot: John Hoffer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Notra Bright, Ball turret gunner: Burling Larson, Waist gunner: Henry Krzyak,Tail gunner: Art Butler (6 Killed in Action); Navigator: Russ Austin, Bombardier: Bill Farrell, Radio Operator: John Roe, Waist gunner: Casimir Bukowski (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Brake-Senne, near Bielefeld, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2930. FRIDAY THE 13TH.

Details 42-31443 / Friday The 13th

Shot down by Werner Gerth in his Fw 190 A-8/R-2, s/n (Werknummer) 682057.

Crew 42-31443 / Friday The 13th

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTFrancis J. FlahertyKIA
CP2LTJohn I. HofferKIA
BOMB2LTWilliam R. FarrellPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTNotra J. BrightKIA
ROT/SGTJohn P. RoePOW
BTS/SGTBurling LarsonKIA
WGS/SGTCasimer L. BukowskiPOW
WGS/SGTHenry R. KrzyzakKIA
TGS/SGTArthur N. ButlerKIA

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  1. von David Cullen am 11. August 2019 22:57 Uhr

    My uncle Daniel Also flew a B-17 called Friday the 13th, out of Bury St. Edmunds, East Anglia. Its number was 42-31150. Dan did his 25 and then was home by Easter 1944.

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