B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37738 / Miss America

B-17 #42-37738 / Miss Americazoom_in



  • RCL: LG-T

MACR: 1715


History of
B-17 42-37738 / Miss America

Delivered Denver 11/8/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 24/9/43; Missing in Action Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ed Steel, Co-pilot: Bill Myers, Navigator: Bob Emmick, Bombardier: Fred Weyerts, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Holderbach, Radio Operator: George Harris, Waist gunner: Howard Thornlew, Waist gunner: Elmer Tobia,Tail gunner: Jim Lane (9 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Gerald Glaze (KIA-bailed out but drowned in North Sea); enemy aircraft, crashed on Hoogovens foundry at Vesel, near Ijmuiden, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1715.

Last updated: 13. October 2020


B-17 42-37738 / Miss America Details

Aircraft B-17G 42-37738 was seen at 1440 hours, 5233N – 0503E, 25300 feet, leaving the formation and slowly losing altitude but continuing on course under control. Subject aircraft was badly shot up.

This observation made by 2nd Lt. John J. Boyce.


B-17 42-37738 / Miss America Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Edward M. Steel, Jr. POW
CP 2LT William P. Myers POW
BOMB 2LT Frederick R. Weyerts POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Henry G. Holderbach POW
RO T/SGT George D. Harris POW
BT SGT Gerald D. Glaze KIA
WG SGT Elmer E. Tobias POW
WG SGT Howard R. Thornsley POW
TG SGT James G. Lane POW

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