B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31955

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31955


  • RCL: YB-K

MACR: 4049


History of
B-17 42-31955

Delivered Cheyenne 9/1/44; Savannah 24/1/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-K] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action {13m} Oranienburg 18/4/44 with Ed Apperson, Co-pilot: John Ledyard, Navigator: Bill Connors, Bombardier: Hal Marsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Gaitskill, Radio Operator: Don Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Ray Bailey, Waist gunner: Larry Kuslach, Waist gunner: Bernie Mandella (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Chas Matthews (KIA-slipped out of chute harness); flak set fire to bomb bay and right wing, crew bailed and ship force landed Bergsdorf/Ausbau, NW of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4049.


B-17 42-31955 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Edward B. Apperson POW
CP 2LT John P. Ledyard POW
BOMB 2LT Hal Marsh POW
ENG/TT T/SGT David R. Gaitskill POW
RO T/SGT Donald E. Johnson POW
BT S/SGT Raymond E. Bailey POW
WG T/SGT Laurence J. Kusluch POW
WG S/SGT Bernhard L. Mandella POW
TG S/SGT Charles E. Mathews KIA

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