B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador


MACR: 3140


History of
B-17 42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador

Delivered Denver 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Gustav Hoehn, Navigator: Don Modarelli, Radio Operator: Byron Wiberg{wia, but died in hospital four days later}, Ball turret gunner: Pete Zaskiewicz (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: George Owens, Bombardier: Lieudell Bauer{evd but captured in Maastricht 31/3/44}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Rigdon, Waist gunner: Harlan Mann, Waist gunner: Ed Hincks,Tail gunner: Gerry Brinker (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zwolle sportsground avoiding town, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 3140. BERLIN AMBASSADOR.

Last updated: 31. July 2021


B-17 42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador Details

10 minutes after bombs away, at 1230 hours, at a point about 5 miles southeast of Dummer Lake, Germany, Lt Hoehn was observed to pull out to the left of the group formation with his #2 and #3 engines both feathered. He maintained his altitude but was dropping slowly behind the rest of the formation. When last seen, four P-39’s were accompanying him in his immediate vicinity.

Source: MACR 3140


B-17 42-37867 / Berlin Ambassador Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT George Gustav Hoehn KIA
CP 2LT George R. Owens POW
BOMB 2LT Lieudell E. Bauer EVD POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Charles C. Rigdon POW
RO T/SGT Byron A. Wiberg Jr. WIA Died
BT S/SGT Peter J. Zaskiewicz KIA
WG S/SGT Harlan S. Mann WIA POW
WG S/SGT Edward W. Hincks Jr. KIA Killed in the air
TG SGT Gerard F. Brinker POW

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