B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31673 / Lassie Come Home

B-17 #42-31673 / Lassie Come Homezoom_in



  • RCL: LG-B

MACR: 8183


History of
B-17 42-31673 / Lassie Come Home

Delivered Cheyenne 6-Dec-43; Kearney 17-Dec-43; Harrisburg 8-Jan-44; New Castle 9-Jan-43; Presque Is 11-Jan-44; Prestwick 16-Jan-44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 16-Jan-44; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-B] Bassingbourn 27-Jan-44. On 16-Aug-44 the aircraft was on a mission to attack the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attacked by approximately 25 enemy aircraft, setting the radio room in fire and exploding in mid-air. Crashed Deiderode, SW of Gottingen, Germany. (one of six aircraft lost in about 30 secs). 4KIA 5POW Missing Air Crew Report 8183. Aircraft had logged 76 missions.

Last updated: 10. January 2018


B-17 42-31673 / Lassie Come Home Details

Also known as ‘Black Magic’ before it renamed to Lassie Come Home


B-17 42-31673 / Lassie Come Home Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Leonard F. Figie POW
CP 2LT Dale W. Whitson KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Walter L. Carpenter POW
RO SGT Edmund J. Mikolatis KIA
BT SGT Frederick D. Baldwin KIA
WG --- Walter Salo POW
TG SGT John F. Wallaszek POW
TOG S/SGT Harlan B. Williams POW

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