B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31533

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  • RCL: MS-U

MACR: 2931

Missions: 4


History of
B-17 42-31533

Delivered Denver 18/11/43; Gt Falls 4/12/43; New Castle 13/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-U] Ridgewell 5/1/44; Missing in Action 4m Oschersleben 22/2/44; enemy aircraft, crashed Hajen-on-der-Weser, 10 miles SE of Hameln, Ger; 7KIA-all found in the wreckage. Missing Air Crew Report 2931.

Last updated: 30. August 2020


B-17 42-31533 Details

I was flying with Captain Hecker and Major Fritzgerald in the lead ship of the second high squadron as Tail Gunner (Observer) when in the middle of our attacks several FW 190’s attacked Lt. Downey, who was flying B-17G A/C 42-31533, and cannon fire perforated the vertical stabilizer. After a little while, Lt. Downey put down his bomb bay doors and landing gear, and side-slipped to the left. He was flying on our left wing and as he pulled out of formation he was jumped by more FW 190’s. When I last sighted Lt. Downey’s ship it was losing altitude fast and dropping out of formation.

S/Sgt. Ralph R. Rosato


B-17 42-31533 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles H. Downey KIA
CP 2LT Donald E. Herdlicka KIA
BOMB 2LT James C. Evans KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Miller P. Chauvin KIA
RO S/SGT Earl E. Matheson POW
BT SGT Earl B. Schiek KIA
WG S/SGT Adolph V. Carini POW
WG S/SGT Norman E. Phillips POW
TG S/SGT Joseph G. Sorbino KIA

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