B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37941 / Lucky Lady II

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37941 / Lucky Lady II


  • RCL: M

MACR: 3784 / KSU/ME/KU: 1426


History of
B-17 42-37941 / Lucky Lady II

Delivered Denver 22/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 16/11/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Norman Bodet, Co-pilot: Gordon Anderson, Bombardier: Bob Boerner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sebe Taylor, Radio Operator: Bill Pavillard, Waist gunner: Frank Forcella,Tail gunner: John Keiser (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Perry Novelli, Ball turret gunner: Bob Saleda, Waist gunner: John Kramer (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Linnau, nine miles SW of Flensburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3784. LUCKY LADY.

Last updated: 2. April 2022


B-17 42-37941 / Lucky Lady II Details

Following statement obtained by S-2 Section, 452nd Bomb Gp, at interrogation after mission.

Over the North Sea aircraft 42-37941 started down with an engine afire. The pilot managed to get the fires out and the plane headed for home station under control.

Source: MACR 3784


B-17 42-37941 / Lucky Lady II Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Norman G. Bodet, Jr. POW
CP 2LT Gordon L. Anderson POW
BOMB 1LT Robert R. Boerner POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Sebe Taylor POW
RO T/SGT William J. Pavillard POW
BT T/SGT Robert L. Saleda KIA
WG SGT Frank V. Forcella POW
WG S/SGT John H. Kramer KIA
TG T/SGT John F. Keiser POW

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