B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3413 / Hard Luck

B-17 #42-3413 / Hard Luckzoom_in



  • RCL: LN-V

MACR: 7899


History of
B-17 42-3413 / Hard Luck

Delivered Dallas 10/6/43; Dow Fd 18/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-V] Thorpe Abbotts 20/8/43; on mission to Berlin 7/5/44 with Loren Van Steenis, Navigator: Harry Butler (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Lester Torbett{Wounded in Action}, (8 Returned to Duty); Missing in Action SW Germany oil plants 14/8/44 with Don Cielewich, Co-pilot: Lenard Moen, Navigator: Clifford Brown, Bombardier: John Cochran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cyrenne Ropson, Radio Operator: Ben Baldasana, Ball turret gunner: John Funkhouser, Waist gunner: Herb Klepp,Tail gunner: Henry Sytnik (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d engine and fire spread and crew all bailed OK, aircraft skidded into farm and killed 10 civilians afer crashed Falken-Gesass, near Beerfeld, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7899. HARD LUCK !

Last updated: 4. October 2017


B-17 42-3413 / Hard Luck Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Donald E. Cielewich POW
CP 2LT Leonhard E. Moen POW
BOMB 2LT John C. Cochran POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Cyrenne L. Ropson POW
RO T/SGT Benjamin Baldasano POW
BT S/SGT John L. Funkhouser POW
WG S/SGT Herbert G. Klepp POW
TG S/SGT Henry J. Sytnik POW

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