B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31651 / Decatur Deb

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31651 / Decatur Deb


  • RCL: FC-G

MACR: 5259

Missions: 22


History of
B-17 42-31651 / Decatur Deb

Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Gowen 5/12/43; Salt Lake 6/12/43; Rock Springs 7/12/43; Laramie 9/12/43; Cheyenne 10/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Presque Is 9/1/44; Assigned: 571BS/390BG [FC-G] Framlingham 18/1/44; when fire broke out on end of runway 30/4/44 Lt Louis Matthews ran into prop (KIA); MIA Koenigsburg (22m) 28/5/44 Pilot: Herb Strate, Co-Pilot: Sam Elliott, Navigator: Dick Brown, Bombardier: Bob Woolfolk, Radio Operator: Nick Mamula, Ball Turret Gunner: Arthur Reed, Waist Gunner: Bob Smart (7KIA); Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ed Stoy, Waist Gunner: Harry Bolton, Tail Gunner: Ed Molenock (3POW); Enemy aircraft, fire in cockpit and part of vertical stabilizer shot away, went into spin, exploded, wings came off as ship went down and crashed Ebendorf, two miles NW of Magdeburg, Germany. MACR 5259. DECATUR DEB.

Last updated: 17. November 2018


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