B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37847

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37847


  • RCL: DS-R

MACR: 1658

Missions: 3


History of
B-17 42-37847

Delivered Denver 19/9/43; Scott 26/9/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-R] Polebrook 24/10/43; Missing in Action {3m} Solingen 1/12/43 with Jim Plant, Co-pilot: Fred Smith, Navigator: Fred Larson, Bombardier: Wayne Dillard, Radio Operator: Byron Hunter, Waist gunner: John Rowe, Waist gunner: Jake Hobbs,Tail gunner: John Hill (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Harkins; Ball turret gunner: Paul O’Neill (2 Killed in Action) enemy aircraft, crashed near Daun, 37 miles SW of Koblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1658.

Last updated: 22. October 2021


B-17 42-37847 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT James M. Plant POW
CP 2LT Frederick A. Smith POW
BOMB 2LT Wayne W. Billard POW
ENG/TT SGT Thomas F. Harkins KIA
RO T/SGT Byron L. Hunter POW
BT SGT Paul C. O'Neill KIA
WG SGT John R. Rowe POW
WG SGT Jakey E. Hobbs POW
TG S/SGT John W. Hill POW

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