B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31969

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31969


  • RCL: WW-F

MACR: 4553


History of
B-17 42-31969

Delivered Cheyenne 8/1/44; Billings 14/1/44; Savannah 24/1/44; Assigned 381BG Ridgewell 6/2/44; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-F] Thurleigh 22/2/44; Bombardier: F/O Dominic Giosso (KIA-pilot was Bill Tarr) 26/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Edwin Schlect, Co-pilot: Frank Hunt, Navigator: Edwin Gorder, Bombardier: Dick Ware, Radio Operator: Chas Pillen, Ball turret gunner: Stan Michalicki, Waist gunner: Chester Hinds, Waist gunner: John Wharton,Tail gunner: John Handenshield (9 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Davis (Prisoner of War); upset by propwash caused mid air coll with two other B-17s wreckage falling on each other, crashed Halenbeck, near Freyenstein, nine milesNW of Wittstock, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4553.

Last updated: 18. November 2018


B-17 42-31969 Details

B-17G #42-97239, which was suffering from “prop-wash”, came down on top of #42-37942 causing the tail section of #42-37942 to be cut off.

The tail section from #42-37942 then came down on top of B-17G #42-31969.


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