B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31771

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31771


  • RCL: PY-R, UX-B

MACR: 8213 / KSU/ME/KU: 2795


History of
B-17 42-31771

Delivered Cheyenne 12/12/43; Gr Island 23/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Podington 28/1/44; Missing in Action – shot down by enemy aircraft on the 24 August 1944 mission to Merseburg. Exploded and crashed near Lindenthal, NW of Leipzig, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8213.

Last updated: 19. April 2020


B-17 42-31771 Details

This plane that was hit (771) was flying in the high group and was flying about off our left wing and high and the ME 109 came up from his tail and leveled off and then the B-17’s started on fire and winged over to the right, went down under our left wing and then it blew up. Then I saw one chute open up.

Billy Anderson
S/Sgt, Waist Gunner

In MACR 8213/KU 2795 the name John S. Gullei or Gullet is listed. But no further information like dogtags or serialnumber. He possibly was an unauthorisied passenger.

Unit marking UX-B is mentioned in the German KU-Report 2795


B-17 42-31771 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Steve Nagy KIA
CP 2LT John F. McTigue KIA
BOMB 2LT Daniel P. Giove KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Willard R, Best KIA
RO SGT George Maynard De Mott POW
BT SGT Wilbur A. Wulfeck KIA
WG SGT Francesco G. Iadevaia POW
TG SGT Peter Sebastian Cimino, Jr. POW

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