B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37843 / Dry Run

B-17 #42-37843 / Dry Runzoom_in



  • RCL: IY-H

MACR: 5801

Missions: 16


History of
B-17 42-37843 / Dry Run

Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Gt Falls 25/9/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-H] Deenethorpe 2/11/43; Missing in Action French A/flds 14/6/44 with Russell Schroeder (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Mountain, Navigator: Erroll Rice, Bombardier: Gene Crawley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Bryant, Radio Operator: Chas Davis, Ball turret gunner: Joe Owens, Waist gunner: Don Grimble, Waist gunner: Dick Nyberg,Tail gunner: Chas Avery (9 evaded capture); heavy enemy aircraft attack KOd right horiz. stab., crashed Germigny-sous-Coulombs, 11 miles W of Chateau-Thierry, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5801. DRY RUN.

Last updated: 8. July 2021


B-17 42-37843 / Dry Run Details

4 to 8 190’s came in from 12 to 2 o’clock low and appeared to concentrate on A/C 7843. His right horizontal stabilizer was shot off and the other appeared useless. 7843 pulled up in about 70 degrees climb and climbed 100-125 yards above formation, stalled and fell off on right wing and went into vertical dive with very low spin.

Source: MACR 5801


B-17 42-37843 / Dry Run Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Russell E. Schroeder KIA
CP 2LT William E. Mountain EVD
ENG/TT S/SGT William P. Bryant EVD
RO S/SGT Charles M. Davis EVD
BT SGT Joseph J. Owens EVD
WG SGT Richard A. Nyberg EVD
WG SGT Donald W. Grimble EVD
TG S/SGT Charles E. Avery EVD
TOG SGT Eugene V. Crawley EVD

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