B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31509 / Twinkel Toes

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31509 / Twinkel Toes


  • RCL: YB-V, TU-V

MACR: 7589

Missions: 44


History of
B-17 42-31509 / Twinkel Toes

Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Spokane 19/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 14/12/43; Romulus 19/12/43; Grenier 22/12/43; Presque Is 31/12/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-V] Polebrook 14/1/44; transferred 510BS [TU-V]; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vernon Schnuelle (KIA-entered bomb bay to release hung up bombs, but lack of space prevented him wearing his chute, fell out when bombs were released, pilot was Chas Walby 3/2/44; Missing in Action 44m Brandenburg 6/8/44 with Bill Petty, Co-pilot: Jim Coman, Navigator: Floyd Buzzi, Bombardier: Don Becker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Dimbro, Radio Operator: Larry Prater, Ball turret gunner: Vince Doyle, Waist gunner: Ed Leikam,Tail gunner: Parry Boogard (9INT); severe flak damage, force landed Sovde, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 7589; Ret UK 15/6/45, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 20/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 30/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/12/45. TWINKLE TOES.

Last updated: 2. February 2020


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