B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31935 / Stark’s Ark

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31935 / Stark’s Ark


  • RCL: FC-A

MACR: 2989 / KSU/ME/KU: 1108

Missions: 4


History of
B-17 42-31935 / Stark’s Ark

Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-A] Framlingham 10/2/44; Missing in Action (4m) Berlin 6/3/44 with Bob Starks, Navigator: Chas Stitzer, Bombardier: Bob Collins (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Edwin Kirschner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Brown, Radio Operator: Glen Murray, Ball turret gunner: John Carr, Waist gunner: Stan Pasovitch, Waist gunner: Steve Sozanski,Tail gunner: Placido Sanchez (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, setting #2 and wing on fire crashed two miles SW of Hemmelte, SW of Cloppenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2989. STARK’S ARK.

Last updated: 6. March 2021


B-17 42-31935 / Stark’s Ark Details

At 1200 hours, A/C 935, 390th Group, attacked by fighters in vicinity of Diepholz Airdrome with #2 engine and right wing on fire. Peeled out of formation to left and dropped below formation. When last seen was under control but losing altitude. Nine (9) chutes seen.

Source: MACR 2989


B-17 42-31935 / Stark’s Ark Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Robert F. Starks KIA
CP 2LT Edwin K. Kirschner POW
BOMB 2LT Robert E. Collins KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Clarence W. Brown POW
RO S/SGT Glen E. Murry POW
BT S/SGT John F. Carr POW
WG S/SGT Stanley Pasovitch POW
WG S/SGT Steven J. Sozanski POW
TG S/SGT Plácido L. Sanchez, Jr. POW

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