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

B-17 #42-31673 / Lassie Come Homezoom_in



  • RCL: LG-B

MACR: 8183

Missions: 76


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: 27. December 2021


B-17 42-31673 / Lassie Come Home Details

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

Description to the loss of B-17 #42-31673 / Lassie Come Home

Aircraft B-17G #42-31673, was one of six (6) aircraft Missing in Action, 16 August 1944, on mission to Halle, Germany. This group was attacked by approximately twenty-five (25) enemy fighters at 1000 hours, altitude 25,400 feet, East of Eisenach, Germany. During this attack, which lasted 20 or 30 seconds, four (4) of our aircraft were seen to have been shot down. As this was the only fighter attack made on this group it is presumed by this headquarters that subject aircraft was also lost at this time. No eyewitness statement is available.

Source: MACR 8183


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 S/SGT Walter Salo POW
TG SGT John F. Wallaszek POW
TOG S/SGT Harlon B. Williams POW

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