B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-38039

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38039


MACR: 3655


History of
B-17 42-38039

Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/43; Syracuse 12/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; slated 447BG, ass 561BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 20/12/43; MIA Poznan 9/4/44 Pilot: Louis Trubia, Co-Pilot: John Walker, Navigator: John Hynes, Bombardier: George Morrow, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Bill Gear, Radio Operator: Bob Storandt, Ball Turret Gunner: John Vasta*, Waist Gunner: Pat Parks, Waist Gunner: Elsel Sommer* (9POW); Tail Gunner: Dick Flagstad (KIA-hit by rifle fire during descent); flak, crashed Berkel, four miles E of Delft, Holl. (* These two evaded capture at crash site, but caught two weeks later in civilian clothes) MACR 3655.

Last updated: 20. June 2018


B-17 42-38039 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Louis V. Trubia POW
CP 2LT John H. Walker POW
ENG/TT SGT Billy Eugene Gear POW
RO SGT Robert R. Storandt POW
BT SGT John Anthony Vasta POW
WG SGT Estel E. Sommer POW
WG SGT Pat B. Parks POW
TG SGT Richard Olaf Fagstad KIA
TOG S/SGT George R. Morrow POW

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