B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37755 / Dottie G

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37755 / Dottie G


  • RCL: NV-A

MACR: 2755


History of
B-17 42-37755 / Dottie G

Delivered Denver 17/8/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 16/9/43 16/9/43; Missing in Action {11m} Stuttgart 25/2/44 with Clifford Beach, Co-pilot: Homer Ford, Navigator: John Keefer, Bombardier: Bill Lenovich, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Winkler, Radio Operator: Paul Terry, Ball turret gunner: Joe Martin, Waist gunner: George Schaub, Waist gunner: Gene Seipold,Tail gunner: Ray Wilcox (10INT); flak, force landed Dubendorf A/Fd, Switz., W/O; Missing Air Crew Report 2755. DOTTY G.

Last updated: 16. December 2021


B-17 42-37755 / Dottie G Details

Eyewitness Statements to the loss of B-17G 42-37755 / Dottie G

A ME 110 came in from 6 o’clock, level. He made a pass at our squadron, which was high squadren, high group, then this ship was seen to have #1 and #3 engine smoking. He left the formation slipping off on one wing in a steep dive. He dived for about 5,000 feet. The engine stopped smoking. He then turned south and appeared to be heading for Switzerland, He was under control when last seen. He was trying te gain altitude to go over the Alps. There was light flak near the Swiss border.

S/Sgt. Erwin R. Melvin
327th Bomb Sq. (H)

The ship left the formation ahead of us just after we had passed the IP. As the ship left the formation the bombs were salvoed. From what I could see all four engines were still running and the ship had not lost altitude. Apparently he had been hit by enemy aircraft.

1Lt. Richard H. Decker

Source: MACR 2755


B-17 42-37755 / Dottie G Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Clifford P. Beach INT
CP F/O Homer L. Ford INT
BOMB PVT Wiliam A. Lenovich INT
ENG/TT S/SGT Thomas H. Z. Winkler INT
RO S/SGT Paul Terry INT
BT SGT Joseph W. Martin INT
WG SGT George F. Schaub INT
WG PVT Eugene O. Seipold INT
TG SGT Raymond J. Wilcox INT

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