B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31783 / Ready Teddy II

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31783 / Ready Teddy II


  • RCL: PY-T

History of
B-17 42-31783 / Ready Teddy II

Delivered Denver 19/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-T] Podington 5/2/44; Missing in Action Misburg 9/9/44 with Joe Navarra, Co-pilot: Ray Weis, Navigator: Stadley Straus, Bombardier: Bob McNeary, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Sprowls, Radio Operator: Angelo Galatis; Ball turret gunner: Merl Brown Stitt, Waist gunner: Ed Madigan, Tail gunner: Noah Tuttle (9 evaded capture via French Underground & ret UK); force landed France; Salvaged 29/11/44. READY TEDDY II.

Last updated: 19. September 2021


B-17 42-31783 / Ready Teddy II Details

B-17G #42-31783 / Ready Teddy II was damaged by flak.

“Three engines out. No #1 on fire, No #3 feathered, No #4 wind-milling. Many holes in plane”

Angelo P. Galatis

Based of E & E Report #240 Angelo P. Galatis also evaded captured and wasn’t KIA.


B-17 42-31783 / Ready Teddy II Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Joseph W. Navarre EVD
CP F/O Raymond C. Weis EVD
BOMB 2LT Robert K. MacNeary EVD
ENG/TT SGT Raymond T. Sprowls EVD
RO SGT Angelo P. Galatis EVD
BT SGT Merl Brown Stitt EVD
WG CPL Noah G. Tuttle EVD
TG SGT Edward R. Madigan EVD

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