B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3227

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  • RCL: GD-G

MACR: 661

Missions: 9


History of
B-17 42-3227

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Presque Isle 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 26/5/43. Pilot Hamden L. Forkner; Co-Pilot Joseph A. Kelly; Navigator Robert E. Hyatt; Bombardier Edwin L. Vincent (substitute for Keith Moore); Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Paul F. Shipe; Ball Turret Gunner Ralph E. Stease; Radio Operator Chester E. Shattuck; Left Waist Gunner Edward F. Sobolewski; Right Waist Gunner Harry H. Horton; Tail Gunner Lin F. Chew. Missing in Action 9missions Schweinfurt 17 August 1943. Forkner, Shipe, Sobolewski and Horton evaded capture; the six others were made Prisoners of War. 42-3227 was hit by enemy aircraft, crashed near Houthem, about 6km NE of Maastricht, Holland, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 661.

Last updated: 10. March 2020


B-17 42-3227 Details

From MACR 661

Following is a statement made by 2nd Lt. Harold R. Nytinen, 534th BS; concerning Aircraft No. 42-3227.

On August 17, 1943 at approximately 1415 hours, while flying as Co-Pilot on aeroplane No. 42-3118, I saw a B-17F, serial No. 42-3227 go down as a result of an enemy fighter attack, which took place at 51°10’N and 5°0’E. His No. one (1) engine had a feathered propeller and his No. two (2) engine was on fire.

The entire crew bailed out with the aeroplane evidently on automatic flight control.

1st Lt. Hamden L. Forkner, pilot of the damaged aeroplane waved goodbye to 1st Lt. Charles O. Onl who was pilot of aeroplane No. 42-3078.

The objective of this raid was Schweinfurt, Germany.


B-17 42-3227 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Hamden Forkner EVD
CP 2LT Joseph Kelly POW
BOMB 1LT Edwin Vincent POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Paul Shippe EVD
RO S/SGT Chester Shattuck POW
BT S/SGT Ralph Stease POW
WG S/SGT Edward Sobolewski EVD
WG S/SGT Harry Horton EVD
TG S/SGT Lin Foon Chew POW

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