B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39820 / Also Ran – Still Running

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39820 / Also Ran – Still Running

Manufacturer:
Lockheed/Vega

  • RCL: IW-J

MACR: 4015

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History of
B-17 42-39820 / Also Ran – Still Running

Delivered Long Beach 9/9/43; Scott 28/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 14/11/44; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Sam Wilson, Co-pilot: Elgin Gattis*, Navigator: Larry Sudakov, Bombardier: John Daly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Corley, Radio Operator: Homer Kelley, Ball turret gunner: Beryle Corntassel, Waist gunner: Bill Wolf, Waist gunner: John Morrissey,Tail gunner: Leon Sokol* (10POW- * picked up ten days later over Dutch border); flak, crashed Haus, near Steinhagen, six miles W of Bielefeld, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4015. ALSO RAN – STILL RUNNING.

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B-17 42-39820 / Also Ran – Still Running Details

Lt Wilson ship was last seen at 10:54 whem no. 2 engine was hit by flak. It pulled out of formation and was seen to salve his bombs. Its inboard engine was feathered , but was under control when it turned away.

S/Sgt. Alfred LeSage, 614th BS

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B-17 42-39820 / Also Ran – Still Running Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Samuel P. Wilson POW
CP 2LT Elgin V. Gattis POW picked up ten days later over Dutch border
BOMB 1LT John J. Daly Jr. POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Jesse C. Corley POW
RO T/SGT Homer C. Kelley POW
BT S/SGT Beryle A. Corntassel POW
WG CPL John E. Morrissey POW
WG S/SGT William G. Wolf POW
TG S/SGT Leonard E. Sokol POW picked up ten days later over Dutch border

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