B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultures

B-17 #42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultureszoom_in



MACR: 5317 / KSU/ME/KU: 2040

Missions: 53


History of
B-17 42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultures

Delivered Long Beach 18/9/43; ass 563BS/388BG Knettishall 7/10/43; MIA Dessau 28/5/44 Pilot: Marquis Fjelsted, Co-Pilot: Bill Hudson, Navigator: Herb Honlihan, Bombardier: Chester Tracewaki, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: John McBrien, Radio Operator: Ed Stringer, Ball Turret Gunner: George Hoover, Waist Gunner: John Shatz, Waist Gunner: Harry McCarty, Tail Gunner: John Perry (10POW); flak KOd two engines, forced landing a mile from Weira, 31 miles SW of Kassel, Germany. MACR 5317. HULCHER’S VULTURES.

Last updated: 19. October 2020


B-17 42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultures Details

No markings on left side of fuselage. Right of start the word “Esler” in yellow (perhaps name of a girl), for all motors and the two sides are marked with names as CLARA etc.

Interrogation Report:

A/C No. 845 peeled out of formation while on the bomb run and passed below the formation. Nothing appeared to be wrong with the ship and it was noted that all four engines were going.


B-17 42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultures Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Marquis Ausman Fjelsted POW
CP 2LT William Copeland Hudson Jr. POW
BOMB 2LT Chester Paul Tracewski POW
ENG/TT T/SGT John Edward McBrien POW
RO T/SGT Edward James Stringer POW
BT S/SGT George Francis Hoover POW
WG S/SGT Harold Stanley McCarty POW
WG S/SGT John Leal Perry POW
TG S/SGT John Rutherford Shatz POW

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