B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3525

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3525
  • RCL: GD-C

MACR: 4050 / KSU/ME/KU: 1577


History of
B-17 42-3525

Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Hill 17/8/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG [PC-D] Alconbury 8/9/43; was on first trial Oboe II sortie 11/11/43; transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-C] Ridgewell 22/2/44; Missing in Action {1+m} Eschwege 19/4/44 with Leslie Bond, Navigator: Chas Brumback, Bombardier: Gerald Hilton, Radio Operator: Bill Jones, Ball turret gunner: Tony Caserta, Waist gunner: Anthony Darrington,Tail gunner: Bob Batchelder (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Wilbur Mason, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Neal Clyman (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Stubenmuhle, near Frettenrode, ten miles N of Eschwege, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4050.

Last updated: 3. June 2021


B-17 42-3525 Details

I certify that I, 1st Lt. Daniel C. Henry, 534th Bombardment Squadron (H), 381st Bombardment Group (H), was serving as pilot on B-17 aircraft 42-40011 on the afternoon of the 19 April 1944 and submit the following statement concerning B-17G aircraft 42-3525.

Aircraft 42-3525 made a 180 degree turn out of the formation and went into a dive. When last seen by my crew it was under control and one parachute was seen to come out.

1Lt. Daniel C. Henry

I certify that I, 1st Lt. John J. Kuhl, 534th Bombbardment Squadron (H), 381st Bombardment Group (H), was serving as Pilot on B-17 G 42-31291 during the afternoon of 19 April 1944 and can report the following statement concerning aircraft B-17G 42-3525.

On the above mentioned date I was flying as Deputy Group Leed and seconds after a fighter attack saw Lt. Bond in ship 42-3525 make a 180° righthand turn and start down, I saw one parachute come out and open before he passed from view. It is possible that more of the crew may have jumped as the aircraft seemed to be under control when I last saw it.

1Lt. John J. Kuhl


B-17 42-3525 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Leslie E. Bond KIA
CP 2LT Wilbur M. Mason POW
BOMB 2LT Gerald O. Hilton KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Neal V. Clyman POW
RO S/SGT William R. Jones, Jr. KIA
BT S/SGT Anthony J. Caserta KIA
WG SGT A. C. Derrington KIA
TG SGT Robert K. Batchelder KIA

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