B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39801 / Double Trouble II aka Northern Queen

B-17 #42-39801 / Double Trouble II aka Northern Queenzoom_in



  • RCL: TS-B

MACR: 2978


History of
B-17 42-39801 / Double Trouble II aka Northern Queen

Delivered Long Beach 4 September 1943; Gr Island 22 September 1943; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 27 September 1943. Missing in Action Berlin 4 March 1944. James Branagan’s body was found with serious internal injuries and the rip cord of his parachute unpulled (KIA). Julius Blake, James Hiller, Edgar Finstad and Edward Latham evaded capture. David Chang was arrested the day after the crash. The four others were helped in their evasion by Belgian patriots but were all arrested later. Mechanical failure on return flight; crashed Zevekote, seven miles North of Diksmuide, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 2978. (1 KIA; 4 Evaded; 5 POW). DOUBLE TROUBLE II aka NORTHERN QUEEN.

Last updated: 18. June 2017


B-17 42-39801 / Double Trouble II aka Northern Queen Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Julius O. Blake POW
CP 2LT George G. Wedd,Jr. POW
BOMB 2LT William P. Calmes POW
ENG/TT S/SGT James M. Hiller EVD
RO S/SGT Edgar C. Finstad POW
BT S/SGT Floyd A. Franchini POW
WG S/SGT Luther E. LeFever POW
WG S/SGT Edward F. Latham POW
TG S/SGT David G. Chang POW

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