B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37806 / Stark’s Ark

B-17 #42-37806 / Stark’s Arkzoom_in



  • RCL: FC-Z

MACR: 5256 / KSU/ME/KU: 2039

Missions: 37


History of
B-17 42-37806 / Stark’s Ark

Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-Z] Framlingham 15/10/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (37m) 28/5/44 with Henry Holmes, Co-pilot: Chas Kruger, Navigator: Walter Steck, Bombardier: Oral Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Baccaro, Ball turret gunner: Frank Watson, Waist gunner: Harry Roock, Waist gunner: Soldier Sanders,Tail gunner: Paul Kast (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Forrest Knight (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit #2 & #3 and left wing afire and last seen in vertical drive, crashed Walternienburg, 17 miles SE of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5256. STARK’S ARK.

Last updated: 6. March 2021


B-17 42-37806 / Stark’s Ark Details

At 1409 hours near Magdeburg, A/C #806 flying #3 position, low squadron, 390th Group, peeled out of formation with #2 engine and left wing afire after attack by enemy fighters, after leaving formation A/C #806 was again attacked by enemy aircraft. A/C last seen going straight down about 7000 feet. 1 chute seen.

Source: MACR 5256


B-17 42-37806 / Stark’s Ark Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Henry C. Holmes POW
CP 2LT Charles B. Kruger POW
BOMB 2LT Oral G. Thompson POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Victor L. Baccaro POW
RO T/SGT Forrest L. Knight KIA
BT S/SGT Frank R. Watson POW
WG S/SGT Harold R. Roock POW
WG S/SGT Soldier Sanders POW
TG S/SGT Paul A. Kast, Jr. POW

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