B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3217 / Georgia Rebel

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3217 / Georgia Rebel


  • RCL: MS-T

MACR: 132

Missions: 6


History of
B-17 42-3217 / Georgia Rebel

Delivered Cheyenne 30/3/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 24/5/43 with Osce Jones, Seth Armstead, Leon Spivey, Chas Nevius, Jim Haynie, Joe Nicatra, Alf Haugen, Chas Newcomb, Shannon Early, Maurice Kelleher. Missing in Action 6m Heroya 24/7/43 with Osce V. Jones, Co-pilot: George McIntosh, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: Chas Nevius, Radio Operator: Jim Haynie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Nicatra, Ball turret gunner: Chas Newcomb, Waist gunner: Alf Haugen, Waist gunner: Shannon Early,Tail gunner: Maurice Kelleher (10 Interned); Missing Air Crew Report 132. GEORGIA REBEL.

Last updated: 28. February 2020


B-17 42-3217 / Georgia Rebel Details

#42-3217 was the first US bomber to land in Sweden in WWII.

From MACR 132


A/C 42-3217 was damaged severely by flak over the target but bombed and was seen to leave formation at approximately 14:18 at 57°20’N – 07°30’E. #2 engine was feathered, the prop was observed to be bent, and a hole was in the port wing near the gas tanks with the gas leaking out. #3 engine was smoking and losing oil. A/C did a 180° turn and at heading of 40° true was seen flying in the general direction of Sweden.

Confirmation teletype received that crew landed safely in Sweden.


B-17 42-3217 / Georgia Rebel Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Osce V. Jones INT
CP 1LT George D. McIntosh INT
BOMB 2LT Charles W. Nevius INT
ENG/TT S/SGT James E. Haynie INT
RO T/SGT Joseph Nicatra INT
BT S/SGT Charles N Newcomb INT
WG S/SGT Shannon B. Early INT
WG S/SGT Alfred I. Haugen INT
TG S/SGT Maurice M. Kelleher INT

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