B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31616 / The Spirit of Flak Wolf

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31616 / The Spirit of Flak Wolf


  • RCL: GN-U

MACR: 5019 & 15582


History of
B-17 42-31616 / The Spirit of Flak Wolf

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Grand Island 5/12/43; Presque Is 17/12/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Molesworth 14/1/4; crashed on take off Winwick, Huntingdonshire, 9/4/44, with John McGarry, Co-pilot: Willie Cotham, Navigator: Bob Halligan, Bombardier: Ken Foe, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Grace, Radio Operator: Steve Stuphar (6 Killed in Service); Ball turret gunner: Ira Friedman, Waist gunner: Ervin Hilborn, Waist gunner: Mike Vargas,Tail gunner: Walt Kowalonek (4 inj, but later Returned to Duty); Salvaged 11/4/44, after burnt out and causing damage in the village. (Back in April 2010 the #2 engine throttle handle was found at crash site by a man with metal detector, and subsequent research put him in touch with pilot’s family to hand over the memento). Missing Air Crew Report 5019 & Missing Air Crew Report 15582. THE SPIRIT OF FLAK WOLF.

Last updated: 14. September 2017


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