B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31552 / My Buddy

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31552 / My Buddy


MACR: 6926


History of
B-17 42-31552 / My Buddy

Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG [ -H] Glatton 26/1/44; damaged in return from mission crash landed base 4/5/44 Waist gunner: Edwin Waggoner (Killed in Service– in the crash); Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Gerald Kerr, Co-pilot: Art Lindskoog, Navigator: Ed Schilling, Bombardier: Milton Levine (4 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Hegedus, Ball turret gunner: Sam Younger, Waist gunner: Harry Ahlfors,Tail gunner: Don Boyle (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Finneran (INT); flak KO’d two engines, then a third was lost and bail out order readied, crashed Pratigau, near Davos, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 6926. MY BUDDY.

Last updated: 1. March 2018


B-17 42-31552 / My Buddy Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Gerald L. Kerr KIA
CP 2LT Arthur H. Lindskoog KIA
BOMB 2LT Melvin L. Levine KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Leon Finnera INT
RO T/SGT Ernest J. Hegedus POW
BT S/SGT Samuel P. Younger, Jr. POW
WG S/SGT Harold E. Ahlfors POW
TG S/SGT Donald B. Boyle POW

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