B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3194 / Little Hell

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3194 / Little Hell


  • RCL: BG-A

MACR: 400

Missions: 7


History of
B-17 42-3194 / Little Hell

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Dow Field 11/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 19/6/43; 7m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bob Hayden, Co-pilot: Chas Meadow, Navigator: George Loring, Bombardier: Dick Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Paxton, Radio Operator: Joe Eisenberg, obs-Lt John Lee (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: John Riley, Waist gunner: Ken Mears, Waist gunner: Chas Hill,Tail gunner: Earl Moorer (4 Killed in Action); flak & fighter attacks, crashed Santa Margherita, 15 miles NW of Parma, Italy; Missing Air Crew Report 400. LITTLE HELL.

Last updated: 10. March 2020


B-17 42-3194 / Little Hell Details

obs-Lt John Lee wasn’t on board of 42-3194 / Little Hell at Regensburg Raid. He became POW with B-17 #42-30194 on 12 August 1943.

From MACR 400

B-17F 42-3194 piloted by 1Lt. Robert W. Hayden was hit by enemy aircraft and over Italy 44°40′ North 09°55′ East left the formation. No chutes were seen to leave the ship, however just prior to a crash landing the aircraft was seen to explode.


B-17 42-3194 / Little Hell Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P --- Robert W. Hayden POW
CP --- Charles Meadow POW
BOMB --- Richard W. Bell POW
ENG/TT --- Harold J. Paxton POW
RO --- Joseph A. Eisenberg POW
BT --- John H. Riley KIA
WG --- Kenneth J. Mears KIA
WG --- Charles E. Hill KIA
TG --- Earl J. Moorer KIA

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