B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39823 / Iron Ass

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39823 / Iron Ass


  • RCL: TU-O

MACR: 1983


History of
B-17 42-39823 / Iron Ass

Delivered Long Beach 11/9/43; Gr Island 10/10/43; Scott 30/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 4/11/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-O] Polebrook 18/11/43; Missing in Action 8m Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Pilot Marvin H. Bender; Co-pilot: William J. Grupp; Radio Operator: Francis W. Rollins; Ball turret gunner: Levi H. Collins; Left Waist gunner: Harold F. Long; Right Waist gunner: Veikko J. Koski;Tail gunner: Lawrence R. Anderson (all 7 made Prisoners of War). The Navigator, Harold O. Freeman, the Bombardier, Robert B. Wilcox and the Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Francis E. Anderson all evaded capture. Flak, crashed in the sea, off the coast of Royan, France. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 1983.

Last updated: 11. February 2018


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