B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-37979

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-37979


  • RCL: WF-S

MACR: 4951 / KSU/ME/KU: 1923


History of
B-17 42-37979

Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Gr Island 11/11/43; ass 364BS/305BG [WF- ] Chelveston 5/1/44; MIA Kiel 22/5/44 Pilot: Cecil M. Gerber, Co-Pilot: Houison Reed, Navigator: Edmund Wageman, Bombardier: Orval Williams, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Bob Anderson, Radio Operator: Junior Leavell, Ball Turret Gunner: John Gault, Waist Gunner: Bill Hamilton, Waist Gunner: Alphonse Kneupper, Tail Gunner: Gordon Willis (10KIA); flak damage, crashed Kiel Navy Yard, Ger. MACR 4951.

Last updated: 17. April 2020


B-17 42-37979 Details

This aircraft was reported to have blown up, after it had ledt the formation, with one wing a solid mass of flame. No parachutes were seen. This was reported by numerous crews of this station.


B-17 42-37979 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Cecil M. Gerber KIA
CP F/O Houison G. Reed KIA
BOMB 2LT Orval R. Williams KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Robert D. Anderson KIA
RO S/SGT Junior R. Leavell KIA
BT SGT John R. Gault, Jr. KIA
WG SGT William L. Hamiton KIA
WG SGT Alphonse A. Kneupper KIA
TG S/SGT Gordon J. Willias KIA

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