B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39835 / Wantta Spa

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39835 / Wantta Spa


  • RCL: TU-N

History of
B-17 42-39835 / Wantta Spa

Delivered Long Beach 14/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-N] Polebrook 18/11/43; to 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/6/44; Aphrodite/Azon Project Knettishall 7/44; 16m Missing in Action Siracourt 4/8/44 with John W Fisher Jr [KIA] of 96BG & T/Sgt Elmer Most; Crashed Watling Wood, Sudbourne Park, Suffolk; WANTTA SPA

Last updated: 11. February 2018


B-17 42-39835 / Wantta Spa Details

Control problems led to drone crashing in wood at Sudbourne Park, pilot baled too late [KIA]. Two times Lt Fisher re-engaged the autopilot controls, T/Sgt Most having baled out, and level flight had been established, on the third attempt to gain level flight and successful remote control the A/C went into a spin that stopped Fisher from being able to bale out.

Mother ship for this mission was B-17 43-37637 piloted by Lt Foster Flakenstine and drone controller Major Rand.


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