B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37976 / Manchester Leader

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37976 / Manchester Leader


  • RCL: PY-Y

MACR: 7508


History of
B-17 42-37976 / Manchester Leader

Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Gr Island 21/11/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-Y] Podington 8/1/44; on mission 7/5/44 Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Fawcett (Killed in Action); 45 Missing in Action Munich 11/7/44 with John Seilheimer, Co-pilot: Bob Maloney, Navigator: Alex La Penna, Bombardier: Bob Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Strusynski, Radio Operator: Gerald Swindell, Ball turret gunner: Art Janiszewski, Waist gunner: Frank Kollman,Tail gunner: Frank Rossi (9INT); flak, lost two engines, then hit by Swiss flak (lost 4ft off wing) and attacked by aircraft on approach to force landed Switzerland; Missing Air Crew Report 7508. MANCHESTER LEADER.

Last updated: 22. July 2017


B-17 42-37976 / Manchester Leader Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT John R. Seilheimer INT
CP 2LT Robert A. Maloney INT
BOMB F/O Robert E. Johnson INT
ENG/TT S/SGT Benjamin Struzyniski INT
RO S/SGT Gerald W. Swindell INT
BT SGT Arthur I. Janiszewski INT
WG SGT Frank R. Kollman INT
TG SGT Frank Rossi, III INT

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