B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37881 / Leap Year Lady

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37881 / Leap Year Lady


  • RCL: XK-K

MACR: 8069


History of
B-17 42-37881 / Leap Year Lady

Delivered Denver 2/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-K] Chelveston 23/11/43; Missing in Action Ulm 9/8/44 with John Hegendeffer, Co-pilot: Rolland Wing, Ball turret gunner: Bill Horst, Waist gunner: Bill Montandon,Tail gunner: Jack Thaldorf (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill Packwood, Bombardier: Herman Steck, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elroy Knollenberg, Radio Operator: Dan Gurspan (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set #1 on fire and another damaged, spinning down aircraft broke in two, crashed Halberstung, near Sinzheim, W of Baden-Baden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8069. LEAP YEAR LADY.

Last updated: 10. April 2018


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