B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3322 / Full House

B-17 #42-3322 / Full Housezoom_in



  • RCL: QJ-J

MACR: 3808 / KSU/ME/KU: 1470


History of
B-17 42-3322 / Full House

Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Bangor 1/6/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; landing accident with Russell Girse 17/9/43; Missing in Action Sorau 11/4/44 with Ralph Winslow, Co-pilot: Vince Gill, Navigator: John Hill, Ed Segall, Ball turret gunner: Harry Sandford, Waist gunner: George Roche (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Ralph Munoz, Radio Operator: Carl Caputo, Waist gunner: John Massie,Tail gunner: Joel Burklund (4KIA- all trapped in ship which sunk immediately); enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, ten miles of coast at Dankerdorf, ten miles SW of Riggenwalde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3808. FULL HOUSE.

Last updated: 13. May 2021


B-17 42-3322 / Full House Details

George O. Roche, waist gunner of #42-3322 / Full House about tail gunner Sgt. Joel Burklund

Talked briefly before front half of severed ship sunk. This man deliberately stayed in the tail section to protect us from Jerry planes, even tho he knew we were to ditch. Was in the waist when ship hit, split, and sunk. I asked him if he was OK, and got an OK back. Must have been injured, tho he had complete control of self. He had a fingernail hold on the frame of the radio door from the waist just as we hit the water. Sort of an unsung hero.

S/Sgt. George O. Roche
Waist Gunner

Source: MACR 3808

About the picture

Based on “Fighting Colors – B-17 Flying Fortress in Color by Steve Birdsall”, page 5: this is B-17F-45-DL #42-3322 ‘Full House’ over Oschersleben (Germany), 28 July 1943.


B-17 42-3322 / Full House Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Ralph Nelson Winslow POW
CP 2LT Vincent C. Gill POW
BOMB 2LT Ralph Munoz KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Edward Segall POW
RO S/SGT Carl G. Caputo KIA
BT SGT Harry Sanford POW
WG SGT john Messie, Jr. KIA
WG S/SGT George O. Roche POW
TG SGT Joel Burklund KIA

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