B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-38043

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38043


MACR: 2861


History of
B-17 42-38043

Delivered Cheyenne 23/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; Prestwick, UK 17/12/43; ass 413BS/96BG Snetterton 18/12/43; MIA Stuttgart 25/2/44 Pilot: George Smiley{stayed in ship to let crew bale out}, Radio Operator: Ed Fath{chute failed} (2KIA); Co-Pilot: Bob Ketcham, Navigator: Dick Longman, Bombardier: Gordon Williams, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Jack Blacker, Ball Turret Gunner: Bill Thompson, Waist Gunner: Ben Scoville, Waist Gunner: Walt Brocious, Tail Gunner: Bob Haynes (8POW); crashed Sulzbach a.d.Murr, Germany. MACR 2861.

Last updated: 13. February 2022


B-17 42-38043 Details

The pilot remains at the controls until all other crewmembers had bailed out and was killed in the crash at 13:30. S/Sgt. Fath was killed due to parachute failure.


B-17 42-38043 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT George A. Smiley KIA
CP 2LT Robert H. Ketcham POW
BOMB 2LT Gordon E. Williams POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Jack Blacker POW
RO S/SGT Edward H. Fath KIA Chute failed
BT S/SGT Willard B. Thompson POW
WG S/SGT Benjamin F. Scoville POW
WG S/SGT Walter L. Brocious POW
TG S/SGT Robert M Haynes POW

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