B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37763

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37763


  • RCL: FC-D

MACR: 1730

Missions: 3


History of
B-17 42-37763

Delivered Denver 20/8/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-D] Framlingham 5/11/43; (3m) Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Bill Riley, Co-pilot: Bob Fowler, Bombardier: Bob Mulloy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Brooks, Radio Operator: Bob Hansen, Ball turret gunner: Ray Sell, Waist gunner: Walt Fura, Waist gunner: Ed Carbonneau,Tail gunner: Frank Mariani (9 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Ed Kodis (KIA-body found Varel, eight miles S of Wilhelmshaven); enemy aircraft, crashed Sillenstede, six miles NW of Wilhelmshaven, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1730.

Last updated: 1. April 2021


B-17 42-37763 Details

Extract from S-2 Mission Report regarding B-17G 42-37763

A/C 763 was observed at about 1204 hours over Bremen below and behind the formation about 1000 yards away. It was unable to keep up with the formation. However, nothing visible was wrong. A/C was last seen behind attacked by 3 FW-190’s. A/C 763 shot down one FW-190 which was observed descending in flames. No chutes seen.

Source: MACR 1730


B-17 42-37763 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William L. Riley POW
CP 2LT Robert L. Fowler POW
BOMB 2LT Robert A. Mulloy POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Raymond S. Brooks, Jr. POW
RO S/SGT Robert J. Hansen POW
BT SGT Raymond C. Sell POW
WG SGT Walter J. Fura POW
WG SGT Edward Carbonneau POW
TG SGT Frank Mariani POW

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