History of the
B-17 #42-3176 / Spook II aka Lady Astrid

Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] SPOOK II Framlingham 21/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 3m, transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-E] Kimbolton 22/6/43; 524BS [WA-E]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Alden Johnson, Radio Operator: Antonio Velasquez, Ball turret gunner: Raoul Rosseau, Waist gunner: Jim Locke, Waist gunner: Ralph Scripter,Tail gunner: Gene Johnson (6 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Warren Holtsberg, Navigator: Vince Tapping, Bombardier: Lou Dubois, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Brittain (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed in Limburger Forest, near Dornheim, W of Darmstadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 954. LADY ASTRID.

Details 42-3176 / Spook II aka Lady Astrid

The call to bail out was given after being attacked by a fighter. I made my way down to check on crew & see if they all bailed. The interphone had gone out when suddenly an 88mm exploded in the waist area. I was wounded & believe so was the Bombardier. I saw that it appeared to be total destruction of our waist section and all there were either dead or unconscious. There was no way to reach them. I believe all were dead. The rest of us bailed just before the ship exploded.


Crew 42-3176 / Spook II aka Lady Astrid

P1LTAlden C. JohnsonKIARear left in the photo
CP2LTWarren E. HoltsbergPOW
BOMB2LTLouis E. DuboisPOW
ENG/TTSGTBenjamin B. BrittainPOW
ROS/SGTAntonio A. VelasquezKIA
BTS/SGTRaoul A. RousseauKIA
WGS/SGTJames R. LockeKIA
WGS/SGTRalph K. ScripterKIA
TGS/SGTEugene T. JohnsonKIA

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  1. von Ken Johnson am 11. December 2017 0:01 Uhr

    I wish to contact any surviving crew of Lady Astrid/Spook 2 or Pegasus. I am the grandson of Alden C Johnson, KIA in this plane as pilot.


  2. von Sue Fox Moyer am 27. February 2018 14:37 Uhr

    Hello, While not a relative of a survivor of this crew, my father flew the 14 Oct mission with the 306th Bomb Group. I now serve as educational director for the Second Schweinfurt Memorial association (SSMA). We would love to place your name on our mailing list. We also have a Facebook page:



    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 27. February 2018 20:03 Uhr

      Hello Sue, thank you.
      I sent you an email.


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