B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-38044 / Spirit o ’44

B-17 #42-38044 / Spirit o ’44zoom_in



  • RCL: EP-R

MACR: 3026


History of
B-17 42-38044 / Spirit o ’44

Delivered Cheyenne24/11/43; Romulus 16/12/43; Presque Is 24/12/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-R] Thorpe Abbotts 27/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Merril Rish, Co-pilot: Frank Smith, Ball turret gunner: Dewey Essary,Tail gunner: Angus Alsup (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Royal Lingenfelter, Bombardier: Don Kehm, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Skaggs, Radio Operator: George Danehower, Waist gunner: Estil McGuffie, Waist gunner: Armand Burt (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft attack and ship caught fire and broke in half, crashed Aschenbehl Berg, Vohr Estate, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3026. SPIRIT OF ’44.

Last updated: 22. December 2017


B-17 42-38044 / Spirit o ’44 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Merril T. Rish KIA
CP 2LT Frank A. Smith KIA
BOMB 2LT Donald K. Kehm POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Howard T. Skaggs POW
RO T/SGT George P. Danehower POW
BT SGT Dewey Essary KIA
WG S/SGT Arnold C. Burt POW
WG S/SGT Estil V. McGuffe POW
TG S/SGT Angus Alsup KIA

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