History of the
B-17 #42-38183 / The Lost Angel

Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G]; belly landing training flight 10/04/1944; Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Plough, Radio Operator: Harry Gates, Ball turret gunner: John Ingram, Waist gunner: Frank Culfe (8 Returned to Duty); Tail gunner: Phil Maniaci (Prisoner of War); Missing Air Crew Report 9363; re-ass 482BG, then 384BG 1/6/45. Scrapped October 1945. 111 missions. THE LOST ANGEL.

Details 42-38183 / The Lost Angel

On 10 April 1944 #42-38183 “The Lost Angel” was being flown on a practice flight by the Commanding Officer of the 525th BS, Lt. Col. Marcus W. Elliott. On return to Station 117 it was discovered one of the main landing wheels could not be lowered and so Lt. Col. Elliott brought the aircraft in for a text book belly landing.

#42-38183 The Lost Angel Bauhlandung / Belly landing

www.fold3.com // B-17 #42-38183 The Lost Angel Belly landing. 10 April 1944.

The aircraft attracted many visitors immediately after the spectacular landing. Repairs took over one month and #42-38183 resumed operational flying on 19 May 1944. In all this plane flew 111 sorties before being declared War Weary. Later transferred to 384th BG at Grafton Underwood. The Lost Angel remained in Europe after VE-Day and was scrapped at Burtonwood, Lancashire in October 1945.

Thanks to Melissa Rung-Blue for the detailed and additional infomation.
Daughter, James E. Rung, Navigator, 379th Bomb Group, 524th Squadron
Kimbolton, England July 1944 – December 1944

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  1. von Missy Rung-Blue am 16. September 2019 4:43 Uhr

    Hello! I’m researching my dad’s service overseas during WWII and I ran across your listing of The Lost Angel. I noticed in the description that it states the plane crash landed on the Madgeburg mission 28 September 1944 and to reference MACR 9363. I did find MACR 9363 on the National Archives (United States) website and there is no mention of a crash landing. In fact, it states that the aircraft was “under control” for landing. Do you know where you found that note about the crash landing? I know the plane crash landed on 10 April 1944 at Kimbolton after a training run. When I asked my dad (when he was still alive) about crash landing on the 28 September 1944 mission, he said that he was never in a crash landing. Any help you can provide is welcome! Thank you!


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 16. September 2019 11:37 Uhr

      Hello, thank you for your comment and information.

      My description is based on the “B-17 Fortress Master Log” by Dave Osborne.
      And my experience is, that the information in that book is not 100% accurate. So it is absolutly possible, that the current description is incorrect.

      Can you sent my a copy of the MACR 9363 to info@b17flyingfortress.de please?

      Update to this comment:
      So the photos shows the crash landing on 10 April 1944?
      The MACR 9363 maybe only created because of loss of tail gunner Phil Maniaci, who becames POW on Magdeburg mission.


      • von Missy Rung-Blue am 16. September 2019 21:47 Uhr


        Yes, I will send the MACR to you. And yes, you are correct – it was only to document the loss of Phil Maniaci.

        Also, you are correct that image you have documents the belly landing on 10 April 1944. There were at least 2 images total. You have one. I will send you the other, along with descriptions from entries at the National Archives (I am not 100% certain on that as I found the images and descriptions in the 379th Bomb Group Association archives when I attended a reunion several years ago; the Association has since disbanded and the archives were sent to the Mighty Eighth Airforce Museum in Savannah, Georgia, USA).


        • von b17flyingfortress.de am 18. September 2019 20:05 Uhr

          Thank you very much for your support and new information.
          I updated the history of this B-17.


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