B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-32109 / Mizpah

B-17 #42-32109 / Mizpahzoom_in



MACR: 6901


History of
B-17 42-32109 / Mizpah

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; MacDill 5/2/44; Morrison 9/3/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Tortorella 13/3/44; Missing in Action Budapest 14/7/44 with 1Lt Ewald A Swanson, 2Lt Paul Berndt, Gramenzi, Simonelli, Hish, Bell, Kelley, Tucker (8 Prisoner of War); Henderson, Dudley (2 Killed in Action); flak, nose blown off, crashed Solt; Missing Air Crew Report 6901. MIZPAH.

Last updated: 28. July 2021


B-17 42-32109 / Mizpah Details

Eyewitness Statements from MACR 6901

Aircraft No. 42-32109 received a direct hit in the nose. The pilot had control of the ship for a few seconds while I saw him. The Bombardier was probably instantly killed. The Ball Turret Gunner of our ship (42-97792) observed five chutes.

2Lt. John M. Turturro

Aircraft No. 42-32109 was flying in number two position directly opposite my ship (42-97792). About two thirds of the way down the bomb run, the nose of 109 peeled up as though something had cut it off. It fell back over the cockpit. The ship nosed up into the air then settled back as though the pilot had control. Then he went out of my sight. The ship sustained a direct hit.

It was observed that five good chutes and one tattered chute came out of the plane. I doubt very much if eighter the Navigator or Bombardier werer alive after the burst.

2Lt. Dwayne L. Goodwin

Aircraft No. 42-32109 received a direct hit in the nose. The nose blew over the cockpit of the ship and I saw five chutes leaving the ship. The plane was covered with blood and the Navigator most likely jumped, but his chute was torn pretty bad. I didn’t see the ship as it was hit.

S/Sgt. Charles L. Stroll, Jr.


B-17 42-32109 / Mizpah Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Ewald A. Swanson POW
CP 2LT Paul Berndt POW
BOMB 2LT Kenneth W. Dudley KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Frank N. Gramenzi POW
RO T/SGT George J. Simonelli POW
BT S/SGT Arnold R. Kelley POW
WG S/SGT Dale R. Hish POW
WG S/SGT Wesley D. Tucker POW
TG S/SGT Charles W. Bell POW

28. July 2021 access_time 18:45
28. July 2021 access_time 18:46

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