B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31612

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31612


  • RCL: TU-B

MACR: 2657 / KSU/ME/KU: AV 608/44


History of
B-17 42-31612

Delivered Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Syracuse 2/1/44; Presque Is 4/1/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-B] Polebrook 30/1/44; Missing in Action 8m Oschersleben 22/2/44 Crew: Bill Ritzema, Co-pilot: Paul Straw, Navigator: Bob Shuss Wounded in Action, Bombardier: Lorin Wolfe Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rich Stewart, Ball turret gunner: Bill Leach, Waist gunner: John Zundel Wounded in Action-lost leg, Waist gunner: Octavio Duran,Tail gunner: Don Pearson (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Frank DeMarco (Killed in Action); Severe flak damage, bellied on Gut Muthagen near Gelsenkirchen-Aachen Road (L164), near Uebach-Palenberg, nine miles north of Aachen, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 2657.

Last updated: 25. October 2020


B-17 42-31612 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William H. Ritzema POW
CP 2LT Paul D. Straw POW
BOMB 2LT Lorin A. Wolfe POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Richard H. Steward POW
RO SGT Frank J. De Marco KIA
BT SGT William H. Leach POW
WG SGT John H. Zundel POW
WG SGT Octavio A. Duran POW
TG SGT Donald C. Pearson POW

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