B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31563

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31563


MACR: 2892 / KSU/ME/KU: 1013


History of
B-17 42-31563

Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 7/12/43; Romulus 17/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned: 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 26/12/43; MIA Regenwsburg 25/2/44 Pilot: Ervin Kautt, Co-Pilot: Keith Ratts, Navigator: Ernie Johnson, Bombardier: Chas Nemeth, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Harry Blosser, Radio Operator: Jim Noah, Ball Turret Gunner: Don Filby, Waist Gunner: Scott Eddy, Waist Gunner: Bob Corrie{wia-repatriated early ’45} (9POW); Tail Gunner: Clyde Long (KIA); Enemy aircraft, crashed near Hauenstein, 11 miles ER of Pirmasens, Germany. MACR 2892.

Last updated: 2. November 2021


B-17 42-31563 Details

Aircraft was observed with #4 engine feathered and under attack by enemy aircraft. At 4928N – 0750E at 1520 hours, aircraft went into woods and burst into flames. Eight or nine chutes were observed.


B-17 42-31563 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Erwin T. Kautt POW
CP 2LT Keith L. Ratts POW
BOMB 2LT Charles D. Nemeth POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Harold R. Blosser POW
RO T/SGT James O. Noack POW
BT S/SGT Donald R. Filby POW
WG S/SGT Scott A. Eddy POW
WG S/SGT Robert A. Corrie POW
TG S/SGT Clyde R. Long KIA

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