B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3220 / Damfino

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3220 / Damfino


  • RCL: MS-M

MACR: 384 / KSU/ME/KU: 33

Missions: 9+


History of
B-17 42-3220 / Damfino

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 28/5/43 with Harry Smith, Sam Hawkins, John Noonan, Lloyd Gwinn, Harry Blake, Judd Lischke, Tony Sylvester, John Jupin, John Elsberry, Julius Cosby; Missing in Action 9+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Harry Smith, Co-pilot: Sam Hawkins, Navigator: John Noonan, Bombardier: Lloyd Gwinn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Judd Lischke, Radio Operator: Tony Sylvester, Ball turret gunner: John Jupin, Waist gunner: Harry Blake, Waist gunner: John Elsberry,Tail gunner: Bob Colborn (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Marksteinach, five miles E of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 384. DAMFINO.

Last updated: 20. May 2020


B-17 42-3220 / Damfino Details

Transcriptions from MACR 384

42-3220 went down at 49°50’N – 07°20’E during a fighter attack. Still under control with one engine feathered. Time 1425. Another ship reported this A/C had a broken windshield before target and that ten minutes before target one chute came out. After target was flying along level when went into a spin.

Don S. Williams
1Lt., A.C.
381st Bomb Group (H) Hdq.


B-17 42-3220 / Damfino Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Harry M. Smith POW
CP 2LT Samuel J. Hawkins POW
BOMB 2LT Lloyd W. Gwinn POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Judd O. Lischke POW
RO T/SGT Tony A. Sylvester POW
BT SGT John Jupin POW
WG S/SGT Harold L. Blanke POW
WG S/SGT John V. Elsberry, Jr. POW
TG S/SGT Robert L. Colburn POW

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