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 !


B-17 42-3413 / Hard Luck Crew

P2LTDonald E. CielewichPOW
CP2LTLeonhard E. MoenPOW
BOMB2LTJohn C. CochranPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTCyrenne L. RopsonPOW
ROT/SGTBenjamin BaldasanoPOW
BTS/SGTJohn L. FunkhouserPOW
WGS/SGTHerbert G. KleppPOW
TGS/SGTHenry J. SytnikPOW

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