B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37962 / Betty Lou

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37962 / Betty Lou


  • RCL: VE-L

MACR: 1876


History of
B-17 42-37962 / Betty Lou

Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-L] Ridgewell 20/12/43; 4m Missing in Action Oschersleben flying as a spare 11/1/44 with Bob Saur, Co-pilot: Frank Capobianco, Navigator: Phil Miller, Bombardier: Doug Warren, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Davis, Radio Operator: John Brogden, Ball turret gunner: Harry Prestwoodstill in turret when found,Tail gunner: Jim Jones (8 Killed in Action), Waist gunner: L.T. Patterson, Waist gunner: Bernard Keene (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft exploded near by and egine hit ship breaking it in half, crashed Mittelberg Forest, near Gellenbeck, six miles SW of Osnabruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1876. BETTY LOU.

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