B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31570 / Lucky Me

B-17 #42-31570 / Lucky Mezoom_in



  • RCL: VP-W

MACR: 10203

Missions: 65


History of
B-17 42-31570 / Lucky Me

Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 18/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned: 533BS/381BG [VP-W] Ridgewell 2/2/44; MIA {65m} Frankfurt 25/9/44 Pilot: Oscar Gills, Co-Pilot: Chas Prenatt, Navigator: Don Adams, Bombardier: Bill Rudisill, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Paul Parks, Radio Operator: Minor Stowe, Ball Turret Gunner: Shelby Cook, Waist Gunner: Leo Krainz, Tail Gunner: Harry Mourning (9POW); mech fault, crashed St Goar, Germany. MACR 10203. LUCKY ME!

Last updated: 5. September 2020


B-17 42-31570 / Lucky Me Details

E/A opposition was nil. Flak was meager, low barrage fire at target area. None accounted for en route in formation.

The A/C was last seen with #2 engine smoking. Then he pulled away from his position and dropped back on our left wing. The left wing burst into fire but he still was under control when last seen.

5 parachutes seen in delayed jumps, last seen falling through the clouds at about 20000 ft.

Source: MACR 10203


B-17 42-31570 / Lucky Me Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Oscar W. Gills POW
CP 2LT Charles R. Prenatt POW
BOMB 2LT William P. Rudisill POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Paul E. Parks POW
RO S/SGT Minor E. Stowe POW
BT SGT Shelby W. Cook POW
WG SGT Leo V. Krainz POW
TG SGT Harold A. Mourning POW

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