B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31645 / Babe

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31645 / Babe


MACR: 7971 / KSU/ME/KU: 2901


History of
B-17 42-31645 / Babe

Delivered Denver 1/12/44; Paine 2/12/43; Gowen 6/12/43; Boise 9/12/43; Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 23/12/43; Memphis 1/1/44; Morrison 4/1/44; Assigned 341BS/97BG Amendola 16/1/44; Missing in Action Pardubice, Czech. 24/8/44 with Roy Boone, Mellon, Ozato, Morris, Council, Badrosian, Auffenkamp, Goldston, Dubis, Starling; Straggling and set upon by fighter, crashed Marburg; 4 x POW, 6 x KIA MACR 7981. BABE.

Last updated: 15. May 2020


B-17 42-31645 / Babe Details

Original mentioned MACR 7981 belongs to B-24 #44-40679. The correct MACR to #42-31645 is #7971. Thanks to JWO (see comment section below)

From MACR 7971

I the undersigned was flying in AC #181, 341st Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bomb Group on Mission to Parduice A/D, Czech, on 24 August 1944. After completing the bomb run, aircraft #645 was seen to be slowing down and dropping away from the formation altho the 4 engines were still operating. At about 5000 or 10000 feet after dropping away from the formation, I seen one enemy aircraft making a pass at the above missing AC, a few minutes after the attack aircraft was lost to sight. I did see a flash on the left wing of the aircraft, but am not positive wether it was the sun making the glare, or it was on fire.

Sgt. Dolye C. Davidson


B-17 42-31645 / Babe Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Roy J. Boone KIA
CP 2LT John W. Mellon POW
BOMB 2LT Eugene E. Morris POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Roger V. Sederholz KIA
RO SGT Elmer H. Council KIA
BT S/SGT Milton Bubis KIA
WG SGT James W. Goldston KIA
WG SGT Vernon Aufdenkamp POW
TG SGT Harry R. Sparling POW

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