B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky

B-17 #42-38109 / Cabin In The Skyzoom_in



  • RCL: WF-P

History of
B-17 42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky

Delivered Denver 15/12/43; Mitchell 20/1/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-P] Chelveston 10/2/44; battle damaged Leipzig 20/2/44 with Bill Lawley{awarded MOH), Navigator: Harry Seraphine, Bombardier: Harry Mason, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carroll Rowley, Radio Operator: Tom Dempsey, Ball turret gunner: Joe Koberecki, Waist gunner: Ralph Braswell, Waist gunner: ? ,Tail gunner: Alf Wendt (9 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Paul Murphy (Killed in Action); crash landed RAF Redhill, Surrey; sal 2 SAD 23/2/44. CABIN IN THE SKY.

Last updated: 15. February 2018


B-17 42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky Details

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Brought home by the skill and courage of her pilot !st Lt. William R. Lawley of 431 East Hull St., Denison Texas, this is where the skidding Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress finally stopped as he brought it down for a belly landing after being shot up by Luftwaffe fighters on the return trip from Leipzig, 20 Feb 1944.

Lt. Lawley was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his feat of bringing the Fort home in spite of serious wounds.



B-17 42-38109 / Cabin In The Sky Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT William R. Lawley Jr. UNK Medal of Honor

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