B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31445

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31445


  • RCL: GY-G

MACR: 4280 / KSU/ME/KU: 1600


History of
B-17 42-31445

Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Gt Falls 5/11/43; Kearney 17/11/43; Romulus 2/12/43; Syracuse 5/12/43; Bangor 6/12/43; Assigned: 367BS/306BG [GY-G] Thurleigh 21/1/44; MIA Erding 24/4/44 Pilot: Walt Peterson, Co-Pilot: Leslie King, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Antonio Celli, Radio Operator: Archie Smith, Ball Turret Gunner: John Belgium. , Waist Gunner: Roger Burton (6KIA); Navigator: Chris Dinkel, Bombardier: Edmond Storolis, Waist Gunner: Clarry Marlow, Tail Gunner: Roderick McAllister (4POW); flak KOd #4, four baled before ship exploded, crashed St Saens, 19 miles SE of Dieppe, Fr; MACR 4280.

Last updated: 3. April 2021


B-17 42-31445 Details

Eyewitness statements to the loss of B-17G #42-31445

At approximately 1123 hours, near Le Treport, France, Lt. Peterson was hit by flak. I saw No. 4 engine on fire and one minute later the plane exploded. I saw three or four chutes.

1Lt. Warren C. B. Koch

Sgt. McAlister and I bailed out over Holland and landed in a little Dutch Farming Village.

Clarence R. Marlow

Source: MACR 4280

On 24 April 1944 at 1130 hours, B-17G, 1.5 kilometers north east of St. Saens, 30 kilometers south east of Dieppe. Exploded in the air and burned. 100% destroyed. Serial Number 231445 G. Six (6) dead, four (4) captured, only 1 of the dead can be identified: Lt. Peterson, W. B. The captured are: Lt. Storolis, Edmund M., Sgt. Marlow, Clarence R., Sgt. McAllister, R. H., Lt. Dinkel, Christian, who was sent to the Base Hospital in Rouen.

Source: KU 1600 (German Report)


B-17 42-31445 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Walter E. Peterson KIA
CP 2LT Lesli W. King KIA
BOMB 2LT Edmund M. Storolis POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Antonio T. Celli KIA
RO S/SGT Archie J. Smith KIA
BT SGT John R. Bell KIA
WG S/SGT Clarence R. Marlow POW
WG SGT Roger C. Burton KIA
TG SGT Roderick H. McAllister POW

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