B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31919 / Evanton Babe

B-17 #42-31919 / Evanton Babezoom_in

Source:
www.fold3.com

Manufacturer:
Boeing

MACR: 15214

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History of
B-17 42-31919 / Evanton Babe

Delivered Denver 4/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 4/2/44; battle damaged Berlin 6/3/44 with Bob Schimmel (Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Tom Mahalovich, Navigator: Hernry Orberg, Radio Operator: Gil Westervelt, brg-Bob Fioeld, Waist gunner: Harry Burgess, Waist gunner: Bill Schaffitzel,Tail gunner: Pat King (7 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Walt Ziegele (KIA- chute failed); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Elsberry (evaded capture); enemy aircraft attack KOd #4 & crew bailed out, ship crash landed Metfield A/fd, Sfk; Salvaged 8/3/44. EVANTON BABE.

Published: 27. August 2018 / Last updated: 18. September 2020

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B-17 42-31919 / Evanton Babe Details

Pilot’s statement to the incident

Aircraft was attacked by Me 109s and No. 4 engine began to burn intensely — feathered prop and fire kept burning. Due to imminent danger of explosion crew was told to bail out — No. 4 engine and nacelle then fell off.

2Lt. Robert C. Schimmel

Source: MACR 15214

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B-17 42-31919 / Evanton Babe Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Robert C. Schimmel RTD
CP 2LT Thomas V. Mahalovich POW
BOMB 2LT Walter J. Ziegele KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT William E. Elsberry EVD
RO T/SGT Gilbert J. Westervelt POW
BT S/SGT Robert N. Field POW
WG PVT Harry F. Burgess POW
WG S/SGT Bill G. Schaffitzel POW
TG S/SGT Patrick J. King POW

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