B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37877 / Popcorn Fort

B-17 #42-37877 / Popcorn Fortzoom_in



  • RCL: NV-K

MACR: 5357 / KSU/ME/KU: 2084


History of
B-17 42-37877 / Popcorn Fort

Delivered Denver 28/9/43; Gr Island 20/10/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-K] Podington 20/1/44; Missing in Action Cottbus 29/5/44 with Harry Avery, Co-pilot: Ed Stapleton, Navigator: Jack Sorkin, Radio Operator: Don Bennett (wia), Waist gunner: Clarry Ackerman,Tail gunner: Don Merrick (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Bob Stewart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim McIlroy, Ball turret gunner: Clem Dreyer (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set ship on fire, blew up and crashed Denzig, five miles SW of Kallies, E of Stettin, Pol; Missing Air Crew Report 5357. POPCORN FORT.

Last updated: 2. February 2022


B-17 42-37877 / Popcorn Fort Details

Eyewitness statements

Ship 877 was hit on first or second attack. A 20mm went throug left wing, outboard of #1 engine. 877 flew in his position for about ten (10) minutes, then peeled off to the right, apparently under control. About a minute later that, the left wing buckled and fire started at the trailing edge. A few seconds thereafter, the wing section broke off and the ship went into a steep spiral to the left out of control. Seven chutes were seen by my crew members.

2Lt. Herdman S. Porter

Source: MACR 5357


B-17 42-37877 / Popcorn Fort Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Harold B. Avery POW
CP 1LT Eduard F. Stapleton POW
BOMB 2LT Robert F. Stewart KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT James N. McIlroy KIA
RO S/SGT Donald E. Bennettwia POW
BT SGT Glen J. Dreyer KIA
WG SGT Clarence F. Ackerman POW
TG S/SGT Donald D. Merrick POW

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